Democrats do not seem to care at all about the sexual assault allegations that have been levied against presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
But things just kicked up a notch that may reveal where the situation is going and what might happen next.
Tara Reade, who served as a staffer to Joe Biden when he was in the U.S. Senate, recently alleged that he sexually assaulted her back in 1993.
The law firm representing Reade recently sent a letter to Biden calling on him to open up his University of Delaware archives for a search of all records related to Reade’s alleged sexual harassment claim.
The letter, which was obtained by the Washington Examiner, was emailed Monday by attorney Douglas Wigdor to Biden’s presidential campaign and says that “Reade … is entitled to the process she deserves.”
“We hereby request that you immediately open up your Archives at the University of Delaware and authorize a search to determine whether they contain any records related to Ms. Reade, including, but not limited to, Ms. Reade’s Request for Counseling and/or documents related thereto,” the letter reads.
The Examiner reports:
The University of Delaware has denied all access to the archives, which were donated in 2011 by Biden, saying they won’t be made public until two years after the former vice president and 36-year Delaware senator “retires from the public eye.” Despite that provision, members of the Biden campaign reportedly accessed the archives after he announced his presidential run.
In his letter, Wigdor attacked the secretary of the Senate for refusing to disclose any documents related to Reade’s time in the Senate due to confidentiality provisions, calling the rules “draconian.”
Earlier this month, Biden asked Senate record-keepers to release any files related to Reade’s alleged sexual assault complaint.
“If that document existed, it would be stored in the National Archives, where documents from the office she claimed to have filed a complaint with are stored,” Biden said. “The Senate controls those archives. So I’m asking the secretary of the Senate today to identify if any such document exists. If it does, make it public.”
But on May 4, Secretary of the Senate Julie Adams said the office has “no discretion to disclose any such information.”
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— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) May 4, 2020
Wigdor, Reade’s attorney, argues that is an incorrect interpretation of the statutes.
“We hope your apology to Professor [Anita] Hill and public statements about your shortcomings during Justice Thomas’s confirmation hearing do not ring hollow, and that you do not block a fair and diligent search of your Archives for records collaborating Ms. Reade’s allegations,” Wigdor wrote.
The allegations against Biden kicked up a notch in recent weeks after several witnesses and a resurfaced video clip further corroborate her timeline and claims.
A damning video clip resurfaced a few weeks ago 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.
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.”
Reade has also said she is willing to testify under oath about her allegations.