NYT Editorial Board Calls for Investigation of Joe Biden Sexual Assault Allegations
Outlet steps from sidelines on reporting on Biden assault accusations
The New York Times editorial has called on the Democratic National Committee to investigate the allegations of sexual assault against presidential candidate Joe Biden.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee was accused of sexually assaulting former staffer Tara Reade, which allegedly occurred in 1993.
Reade accused Biden of inappropriately touching her and penetrating her with his fingers while kissing her forcibly without her consent.
Biden has denied the allegations in their entirety.
In a piece published on Friday, the New York Times's editorial board called for the DNC to "investigate the matter swiftly and thoroughly."
But the piece noted:
"As is so often the case in such situations, it is all but impossible to be certain of the truth. But the stakes are too high to let the matter fester — or leave it to be investigated by and adjudicated in the media. Mr. Biden is seeking the nation’s highest office."
The board also called for a search of Biden's personal archive at the University of Delaware.
As Neon Nettle reported on Friday, Biden sent operatives from his presidential campaign to rifle through the secret Senate files that may potentially contain information about Reade's sexual assault allegation against him.
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Biden said he would not allow the records to be released, claiming that they "do not contain personnel files."
"The idea that they would all be made public while I was running for public office, they could really be taken out of context," he explained.
The editorial continued:
"While understandable, this concern is not prohibitive — and Mr. Biden’s word is insufficient to dispel the cloud."
"Any inventory should be strictly limited to information about Ms. Reade and conducted by an unbiased, apolitical panel, put together by the D.N.C. and chosen to foster as much trust in its findings as possible."
"But the question at hand is no less than Mr. Biden’s fitness for the presidency. No relevant memo should be left unexamined."