Biden Accuser Tara Reade Ready to 'Testify Under Oath' About Rape Allegations
Ex-staffer says former vice president sexually assaulted her when he was a senator in 1993
Joe Biden's former staffer, Tara Reade, says she is now ready to "testify under oath" regarding her rape allegations against the Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, according to reports.
Reade, who worked for Biden in his Senate office while he was a Delaware senator in the 1990s, told the Daily Caller on Thursday that she's willing to testify about her allegations under oath.
Despite the rapidly spiraling scandal, the former vice president has remained silent on Reade’s allegations of sexual assault until he finally denied the claims on Friday.
While Biden has spent weeks ignoring the mounting calls to acknowledge the claims, Reade is becoming increasingly vocal about the vicious sexual assault she allegedly suffered.
Biden has refused requests for comment as to whether he would be willing to testify under oath, according to News Thud.
Reade is also calling on Biden to release documents pertaining to his time in the Senate, during which says she filed an official complaint alleging that Biden kissed her, touched her, and penetrated her with his fingers without her consent.
“Joe Biden, I want you to release all the personnel records from 1973 to 2009 and be transparent about your office practices,” Reade told the Daily Caller on Tuesday.
“I would like to hold you accountable for what happened to me, to how your staff protected you and enabled you, bullied me multiple times into silence.”
"You ended my career," she added.
"You ended my job after you assaulted me.
"You claim to be the champion of women’s rights, but your public persona does not match your personal actions."
"I want this brought to light and I want you to admit it in public,” Reade said.
"I want a public apology for calling me a Russian agent and having other people try to smear my character in order to cover your crimes.”
Speaking with Fox News, Reade criticized the media and leaders of #MeToo for turning sexual harassment and assault into a partisan issue, demanding that people actually look into the veracity of her claims.
“Why have you made sexual assault and sexual harassment a partisan issue?” Reade said.
“Why aren’t you looking at the veracity of my claim, looking at that I’m willing to go under oath, that I made a police report, that I worked for Joe Biden?”
"You should be able to have your voice heard without losing your career and losing your job.
"And that’s what your whole mission is about. Why do I not qualify for your mission?” she continued.
"Why, because my perpetrator is the leading Democrat?
"Why does that exempt me from help?”
In March, Tara Reade claimed that then-Senator Joe Biden sexually assaulted her while she served as an aide in his Senate offices during the Clinton administration.
She has since detailed her account in multiple interviews and filed a criminal complaint against the former vice president with the Washington, D.C., police department.
A former neighbor of Reade and Reade’s brother have both publicly stated that Reade told them of the alleged assault in the 1990s.
Recently surfaced evidence also suggests that Reade’s mother called into CNN’s Larry King in the 1990s to complain about a prominent senator with whom her daughter had “problems.”
#BREAKING: HERE is the video from August 11,1993's 'Larry King Live' described by @TheIntercept (and Tara Reade) as allegedly featuring her mother calling in and alluding to Reade's sexual assault claims against @JoeBiden (blog here by @ScottJW) https://t.co/fCgEqBnX7n pic.twitter.com/V5FGHskv56— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 24, 2020
Tara Reade has largely been shunned by the leaders of #MeToo and Time’s Up.
This past January, Reade even sought out the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund to aid her with the PR and legal costs before going public with her claims against Joe Biden, according to The Daily Wire.
The organization declined to help, arguing that it could affect their 501(c)(3) status due to Biden being a politician currently running for office.
Time’s Up is also a client of SKDKnickerbocker, a public relations firm “whose managing director, Anita Dunn, is the top adviser to Biden’s presidential campaign,” according to The Intercept.
Earlier this week, #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke even went as far as to say that the former vice president could be “accountable and electable.”
Actress Alyssa Milano, a prominent #MeToo activist who believed Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, wrote in a lengthy op-ed on Wednesday that she still supports Biden despite the allegation against him.
On the subject of Alyssa Milano essentially abandoning her in this moment of need, Tara Reade said that the actress has “hijacked” her narrative to make it about herself.
“I think we need to compare how she responded to Brett Kavanaugh… quite different than the talking points she [used] regarding Joe Biden,” Reade told Fox News.
“She never reached out to me. I don’t really want to amplify her voice because I feel like she hijacked my narrative for a while and framed it about herself… she knows nothing about it.”
The Biden campaign has denied the assault and said it “absolutely did not happen.”