Senate secretary says she is "prohibited" from releasing Biden's personnel records

by Daniel Payne · May 5th, 2020 3:13 pm

Secretary of the Senate Julie Adams on Monday said federal law prohibits her from releasing Senate personnel records, throwing a wrench in the Biden campaign's attempt to prove that the Democratic politician has never been the subject of a harassment complaint.

Biden had requested that the secretary search through official records from 1993 to determine if former Biden Senate staffer Tara Reade had ever filed a complaint against him. Adams said that "the Secretary has no discretion to disclose" such records.

"The Secretary's Office was advised by Senate Legal Counsel that disclosing the existence of such specific records would amount to a prohibited disclosure under the Government Employee Rights Act of 1991," Adam said. "Furthermore, we are not aware of any exceptions in law authorizing our office to disclose any such records that do exist, if any, even to original participants in a matter."

Biden has openly refused to unseal his political records at the University of Delaware, claiming there is information in them that could be taken "out of context" and used against him during his campaign.


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