Biden rejects call to open Delaware archive to address sexual assault allegations

by Bryan Brammer · May 1st, 2020 1:33 pm

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden rejected requests to open the University of Delaware archive to address the sexual assault allegations from former Senate staffer Tara Reade.

In an interview with anchor Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday, Biden said the university's archive does not contain any personnel documents from his Senate career.

"There is nothing. They are not there. I don't understand the point you are trying to make. There are no personnel records by definition," Biden said.

When Brzezinski asked Biden to conduct a specific search for Reade's name in the archives, the former senator was at a loss for words.

Despite his refusal to open the archives, Biden said he was not aware of any report of sexual assault filed against him.

"I am absolutely positive that no one I am aware of was ever made aware of a complaint, formal complaint made of or by Tara Reade against me at the time this allegedly happened 27 years ago," he said.

Friday's interview was the first time Biden addressed Reade's allegations directly.


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