Controversy around presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden continues to grow in the face of a serious allegation from a former staff member.
Tara Reade says that she was sexually assaulted by the then-senator from Delaware and that she was subsequently fired when she complained about it. While the mainstream media has largely downplayed Reade’s account, it seems that the tide may be starting to turn, as Breitbart reports.
On Wednesday, The Washington Post editorial board released an opinion piece on the issue, arguing that “Tara Reade deserves to be heard.” What’s more, it contended that voters “deserve to hear from Joe Biden, too.”
WaPo: Records should be released
The Post piece includes a series of recommendations regarding how the former vice president should respond to the allegation, and they include releasing official records from Biden’s 36-year Senate career.
Reade claims to have filed a personnel report following the alleged assault, a document that could be among the records in question, according to the Washington Examiner.
It should be noted, however, that Biden donated all of his papers to the University of Delaware in 2012 on the condition that they not be made public until two years after he “retires from public life,” according to Fox News.
The Post’s editors believe that such a delay would be unacceptable, writing that “the public ought to have as much information as possible about an assault accusation against a presidential contender,” according to Breitbart.
They also take issue with the fact that Biden has yet to say anything publicly on the matter, preferring to instead have his campaign spokeswoman issue a denial.
“Mr. Biden may have little to say besides what his campaign has already said — that he did not do this, and that this is not something he ever would do,” the editors note, according to Breitbart. They went on:
Yet the way to signal he takes Ms. Reade’s case seriously, and the cases of women like her seriously, is to go before the media and the public ready to listen and to reply.
In recent days, several new pieces of evidence have come to light that support Reade’s claims. One of them is a 1993 video clip from CNN’s Larry King Live that features a caller Reade has since identified as her late mother. The woman mentioned that she had a daughter who experienced “problems” with a “prominent senator.”
Another is a Business Insider report in which a former neighbor, as well as a one time co-worker of Reade’s, were interviewed. The neighbor, Lynda LaCasse, said Reade had given her graphic details of the alleged assault, while former colleague Lorraine Sanchez recalled Reade stating that she had been fired from her Capitol Hill job for reporting misconduct.
All of this is in addition to a report in The Intercept revealing that Reade’s brother and a friend who wished to remain anonymous confirmed that Reade told them about the claimed assault soon after it was alleged to have occurred.