Joe Biden accuser Tara Reade says she ‘chickened out’ of claiming ex-VP sexually assaulted her in ‘93 Senate complaint – The Sun
FORMER Senate aide Tara Reade said she was "too scared" to explicitly claim that Joe Biden sexually assaulted her 27 years ago in her Senate complaint.
Reade said Friday the limited report she filed with the congressional personnel office "didn't use sexual harassment" to describe the alleged assault that took place in 1993.
"I remember talking about him wanting me to serve drinks because he liked my legs and thought I was pretty and it made me uncomfortable," she said in an interview with the Associated Press.
"I know that I was too scared to write about the sexual assault."
Reade said she detailed her issues with Biden but "the main word I used – and I know I didn't use sexual harassment – I used 'uncomfortable'. And I remember 'retaliation.'"
She described the report after the AP unearthed additional transcipts and notes from 2019 interviews with Reade, in which she said she "chickened out" after going to the Senate personnel office.
Sen Lindsey Graham defended Joe Biden against the sex assault allegations made by Reade on Friday.
The South Carolina senator said he was skeptical of Reade's accusations that Biden cornered her in a deserted hallway of Capitol Hill and sexually assaulted her in 1993.
"The Joe Biden I know, I've never seen anything [or] believed he would do anything like this until you convince me otherwise," he told Fox News host Sean Hannity Friday evening.
Graham, who served with Biden for five years in the Senate before the Democrat was elected vice president, said Biden should release his Senate records to erase any lingering doubts.
In a column published Saturday morning, The New York Times editorial board called for the DNC to investigate Reade's claims.
"As is so often the case in such situations, it is all but impossible to be certain of the truth," the board said in a Saturday morning column.
"But the stakes are too high to let the matter fester – or leave it to be investigated by and adjudicated in the media. Mr Biden is seeking the nation's highest office."
The Times also called for an inquiry into Biden's records from his time as a Delaware senator, which Reade also urged him to release in an interview with the Daily Caller on Tuesday.
Graham's defense comes a day after Biden vehemently denied Reade's claims in an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, in which he said the alleged assault "never happened".
"It is not true. I am saying unequivocally it never, never happened, and it didn't. It never happened," Biden told host Mika Brzezinski during the 18-minute grilling.
"I don't remember any type of complaint she may have made. It was 27 years ago, and I don't remember, nor does anyone else that I'm aware of, and the fact is that I don't remember. I don't remember any complaint ever having been made."
Defenders of the former vice president have questioned Reade's account of the alleged 1993 assault.
Three people Reade claims she spoke with told NBC they don't recall any conversations with her about an apparent assault, although a fourth person did acknowledge talking to her about it.
On Saturday, Biden's former Chief of Staff Patti Solis Doyle denied any wrongdoing by the former vice president.
She cited the team's "exhaustive vet" of Reade's accusations during president Obama's 2008 campaign.
"I ran VP nominee operations for Obama campaign in 08. When Biden was selected I served as his Chief of Staff," tweeted Doyle.
"NO sexual assault of harassment allegation ever came up against him. It was an exhaustive vet."
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