Tara Reade Doubles Down, Her Lawyer Calls On Biden To Open Senate Archives To Verify Allegations
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Tara Reade, the woman who has accused Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993 when she worked for Biden when he was serving in the U.S. Senate, is refusing to back down.
The law firm representing Reade recently sent a letter to Biden calling on him to open up his University of Delaware archives for a search of all records related to Reade's alleged sexual harassment claim.
The letter, which was obtained by the Washington Examiner, was emailed Monday by attorney Douglas Wigdor to Biden's presidential campaign and says that "Reade ... is entitled to the process she deserves."
"We hereby request that you immediately open up your Archives at the University of Delaware and authorize a search to determine whether they contain any records related to Ms. Reade, including, but not limited to, Ms. Reade's Request for Counseling and/or documents related thereto," the letter reads.
The Examiner reports:
The University of Delaware has denied all access to the archives, which were donated in 2011 by Biden, saying they won't be made public until two years after the former vice president and 36-year Delaware senator "retires from the public eye." Despite that provision, members of the Biden campaign reportedly accessed the archives after he announced his presidential run.
In his letter, Wigdor attacked the secretary of the Senate for refusing to disclose any documents related to Reade's time in the Senate due to confidentiality provisions, calling the rules "draconian."
Earlier this month, Biden asked Senate record-keepers to release any files related to Reade's alleged sexual assault complaint.
"If that document existed, it would be stored in the National Archives, where documents from the office she claimed to have filed a complaint with are stored," Biden said. "The Senate controls those archives. So I'm asking the secretary of the Senate today to identify if any such document exists. If it does, make it public."
For her part, Reade has also conducted several interviews and called on Biden to come forward, admit what she says he did, and take accountable.
While speaking with the Daily Caller last Thursday, Reade said she is willing to testify under oath about her allegations.
About a month ago, journalist Katie Harper released an audio clip of an interview with Reade, which kicked everything off.
Both Biden and his campaign have denied the assault and said it “absolutely did not happen.”
While speaking with former Fox News host Megyn Kelly last week, Reade also said she would be willing to take a polygraph test as a method to possibly support her allegations if Biden would, too.
“Well, she subjected herself to cross-examination, would you do that?" Kelly asked Reade.
"Absolutely," Reade responded.
Kelly then asked: “They also point out that she took a polygraph.” Kelly pointed out, “Controlled by someone on her team,” before continuing, “Is that something you want to do?”
"I’m not a criminal. Joe Biden should take the polygraph … What kind of precedent does that set for survivors of violence? Does that mean we’re presumed guilty and we all have to take polygraphs? So I will take one if Joe Biden takes one. But I’m not a criminal," Reade said.