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Tara Reade, the woman who has accused Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993 when she worked for Biden when he was serving in the U.S. Senate, is refusing to back down.
While speaking with the Daily Caller, Reade said she is willing to testify under oath about her allegations.
Reade is also calling on Biden to release all documents pertaining to his time in the Senate, during which period she said Biden kissed her, touched her, and penetrated her with his fingers without her consent.
“Joe Biden, I want you to release all the personnel records from 1973 to 2009 and be transparent about your office practices,” Reade told the Daily Caller in an exclusive interview. “I would like to hold you accountable for what happened to me, to how your staff protected you and enabled you, bullied me multiple times into silence.”
She added: “You ended my career. You ended my job after you assaulted me. You claim to be the champion of women’s rights, but your public persona does not match your personal actions.”
“I want this brought to light and I want you to admit it in public,” Reade said. “I want a public apology for calling me a Russian agent and having other people try to smear my character in order to cover your crimes.”
“I will cooperate with law enforcement of any investigation going forward or in the future, and go under oath if I need to about what happened,” Reade told the Washington Examiner in a separate interview.
Things are getting serious.
The allegations against Biden have kicked up a notch recently after several witnesses and a resurfaced video clip further corroborate her timeline and claims.
Last week, a damning video clip resurfaced of Tara Reade’s mother calling in to “Larry King Live” on CNN in 1993.
Reade’s mother can be heard asking King for advice on what to do as her daughter had a “problem” senator, at that time Biden’s position.
Last month, journalist Katie Harper released an audio clip of an interview with Tara Reade.
Reade begins by detailing how she was instructed to rush a gym bag to Biden at the time. Upon reaching then-Senator Biden with the bag, Reade claims that he greeted her by name, and proceeded to sexually assault her in a “side area.”
“We were alone, and it was the strangest thing. There was no, like, exchange really, he just had me up against the wall,” Reade claims.
“His hands were on me, and underneath my clothes,” Reade later says. “He went down my skirt, but then up inside. He penetrated me with his fingers.”
Reade alleges that Biden was kissing her and asking her if she “wanted to go somewhere else,” and that after the alleged assault was complete, he said, “C’mon man, I heard you liked me.”
She then told Harper what Biden allegedly said: “He just like pointed at me and he said, ‘You’re nothing to me!’ And then he just looked at me and said, ‘You’re nothing. Nothing.’ … I must’ve reacted because that’s when he took me by the shoulders and he said, ‘You’re okay. You’re fine. You’re okay.'”
On Friday morning, Biden denied the allegations and personally addressed the claims for the first time more than a month after Reade went public with the accusations.
“They aren’t true. This never happened,” Biden said in a written statement put out by his campaign.
Mika Brzezinski presses Joe Biden on opening up his Senate records at the University of Delaware:
"Are you certain there was nothing about Tara Reade in those records?"
"I am absolutely certain."
"If so, why not approve a search of her name in those records?" pic.twitter.com/f2pCXiWCyd
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 1, 2020
Biden, asked why he won’t let the Univ. of Del. search his records for Tara Reade’s name, left speechless: pic.twitter.com/T24GHib7uS
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 1, 2020
“While the details of these allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault are complicated, two things are not complicated. One is that women deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and when they step forward they should be heard, not silenced. The second is that their stories should be subject to appropriate inquiry and scrutiny.”
Further, Biden called for the secretary of the Senate to ask the National Archives to “identify any record of the complaint she alleges she filed and make available to the press any such document.
Democrats are also apparently scrambling to deal with the fallout.
While Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she’s “satisfied” with Biden’s “denial,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries says Reade’s allegations “need to be investigated seriously.”