After directly addressing Tara Reade’s allegations of sexual misconduct against him this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former Vice President Joe Biden penned a letter to the Secretary of the Senate requesting that documents related to his 36 year tenure in the upper chamber be released. Biden has received criticism for keeping documents under lock and key at the University of Delaware, but it appears that Biden and his advisors believe that any record relating to Reade’s claim would be under jurisdiction of the Senate, after mistakenly claiming that the National Archives would be home to the documents:
New: Joe Biden writes a letter asking the Secretary of the Senate to “take or direct whatever steps are necessary” to locate the complaint by @ReadeAlexandra, and to publicly release it along with “any and all other documents in the records that relate to the allegation.” pic.twitter.com/tQcEd1SWI8— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) May 1, 2020
Biden writes to Sec of the Senate asking her to "take or direct whatever steps are necessary to establish the location— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 1, 2020
of the records of this Office, and once they have been located, to direct a search for the alleged
complaint and to make public the results of this search.
“We had understood that the Senate stores records from this office, and from this period, in the National Archives. The Archives now states that the records would have remained under the control of the Senate... I request that you take or direct whatever action necessary to establish the location of the records of this Office, and once they have been located, to direct a search for the alleged complaint and to make public the results of this search…”
This request from the former vice president represents a 180-degree spin from the same candidates’ rhetoric surrounding these allegations during Friday morning’s appearance on MSNBC. Biden claimed complete innocence of Reade’s claims, and insisted that his hidden Senate records contain no relevant information:
BIDEN on documents at the University of Delaware:— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) May 1, 2020
"My archives do not contain personal files. … and when I say ‘personal’ [I mean] personnel files. … There are no personnel documents." pic.twitter.com/5vP7Eoas5r
Full exchange on Biden saying he won't release his Senate records at the Univ. of Delaware --— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 1, 2020
"The idea that they would be made public while I was running for public office, they could be taken out of context ... they could be fodder." pic.twitter.com/tUOGBBttOd
The contents of whatever records may be released remains to be seen, but if Reade’s claims are false, as Biden says they are, there is no reason to keep 36 years worth of documentation hidden from the public.
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