The Washington Post Editorial Board called on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to directly address the sexual assault allegations made against him by former Senate staffer Tara Reade noting that while there aren’t any clear conclusions about the charges the immediate release of Biden’s Senate records would be in the public interest.
There are, at the moment, no clear conclusions. There may never be. But that is no excuse for not searching. One place to start is the records covering Mr. Biden’s 36-year Senate career, donated to the University of Delaware in 2012 and slated for release to the public two years after Mr. Biden “retires from public life.” These could contain confirmation of any complaint Ms. Reade made, either through official congressional channels or to the three other employees she claims she informed not specifically of the alleged assault but more generally of harassment. They could also contain nothing of the sort. Insisting on an inventory doesn’t mean one believes Ms. Reade or doesn’t believe her. It signals only a desire for the public to know all that’s able to be known, which ought to be in everyone’s interest
Biden’s campaign has issued statements denying the charges, but there has been no statement from Biden himself on the matter.
The editorial board felt that the campaign’s statements were inadequate and urged Biden to address the issue publicly.
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.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterated her support for Biden Thursday morning during an interview with CNN New Day anchor Alisyn Camerota.
“Well, I have great sympathy for any women who bring forth an allegation,” Pelosi said. “I’m a big, strong supporter of the Me Too movement. I think it has been a great — made a great contribution to our country. And I do support Joe Biden. I’m satisfied with how he has responded.”
As to whether or not Biden should directly address the allegation, Pelosi said, “You know, it’s a matter that he has to deal with.”