Tara Reade, a former staffer for then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), has accused the former vice president of sexually assaulting her almost three decades ago. Earlier this month, according to Business Insider, she filed a police report along the same lines — and now, it looks like some progress is being made.
The Washington Examiner reported Tuesday that the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department is “actively investigating” Reade’s claims.
“This is an active, ongoing investigation, and there are no further details to provide at this time,” a spokesperson for the department said, according to the Examiner.
They went on: “Cases that are handled by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit go through a multi-review prior to being assigned a disposition. This case is progressing through the review process.”
“Not a usual, typical case”
The Examiner characterized the development as “highly unusual” given that the statute of limitations for the crime has already expired, meaning Biden couldn’t be prosecuted for it even if evidence presents itself.
“Sometimes they receive information that is never going to lead to a criminal charge, but nonetheless, does invoke some of their obligations as public safety officials,” Wendy Murphy, a former sex crimes prosecutor, speculated of the department’s reasoning in a conversation with the Examiner. “Is it usual or typical? I think the answer is no.
“This is also not a usual, typical case,” she added, according to the Examiner.
“This is about power”
Biden, for his part, has staunchly denied the allegations. “He firmly believes that women have a right to be heard — and heard respectfully,” a spokeswoman for the former VP’s campaign said, according to the BBC. “Such claims should also be diligently reviewed by an independent press. What is clear about this claim: It is untrue.”
Reade’s police report was filed April 9, the BBC reported. In it, she alleges that the then-senator assaulted her in 1993, when she was on his payroll, according to NPR.
“His hands went underneath my clothing and he was touching me in my private areas and without my consent,” Reade told NPR of the encounter.
Sadly, the mainstream media hasn’t done much in the way of making her allegations known — especially in contrast with their coverage of allegations against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the fall of 2018.
“This isn’t a partisan issue,” Reade reportedly told NPR. “This is about power and the abuse of power, and the people around that person that enabled that behavior.”