Joe Biden to present first response to sexual assault accusation

Presumptive Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden for the primary time on Friday is ready to personally deal with a former Senate aide’s accusation that he sexually assaulted her in 1993 – a declare that his marketing campaign has denied.

Biden is scheduled to be interviewed concerning the matter on the MSNBC program “Morning Joe,” the cable TV community mentioned on Twitter on Thursday. Biden’s marketing campaign didn’t reply to a request for remark concerning the interview. His marketing campaign has mentioned the incident by no means occurred however he has remained silent about it.


Earlier on Wednesday, U.S. Home of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the highest Democrat in Congress, gave a forceful protection of Biden, highlighting the previous vp’s lengthy historical past of supporting insurance policies to cease the abuse of girls.

The interview plan comes after some fellow Democrats urged Biden, 77, to instantly reply to the accusation.

A California lady named Tara Reade, who labored as a workers assistant in Biden’s U.S. Senate workplace from December 1992 to August 1993, has accused Biden in media interviews of pinning her towards a wall in 1993, reaching beneath her skirt and pushing his fingers inside her.


Biden is ready to problem Republican President Donald Trump, 73, within the Nov. three U.S. election. Trump has been accused by greater than a dozen girls of sexual assault and misconduct through the years, allegations he and his aides have denied.

“I feel he ought to reply,” Trump mentioned of Biden at a media briefing on Thursday. “It could possibly be false accusations. I do know all about false accusations.”

Pelosi, who formally endorsed Biden for president on Monday, famous that staffers who ran Biden’s Senate workplace have mentioned they’d no recollection of a sexual assault grievance.


“I’ve full respect for the entire #MeToo motion,” Pelosi mentioned at a information convention. “There’s additionally due course of and the truth that Joe Biden is Joe Biden.”

“He’s the personification of hope and optimism and authenticity for our nation – an individual of nice values,” Pelosi added.

Reuters has not been in a position to independently verify Reade’s accusation and likewise was unable to succeed in Reade or a consultant for her for remark.


A number of information retailers which have printed Reade’s account, together with the New York Instances and the Washington Put up, have interviewed a pal who mentioned Reade advised her concerning the alleged assault on the time. One other pal advised the Instances that Reade advised her in 2008 a couple of earlier traumatic incident involving Biden. Reade’s brother additionally confirmed components of Reade’s account to The Intercept and the Put up.

On Monday, the Enterprise Insider information web site printed an interview with a former neighbor who mentioned Reade advised her within the mid-1990s that Biden had put his fingers inside her.

Reade, 56, advised media interviewers she complained on the time about sexual harassment, although not sexual assault, to a few of Biden’s Senate aides. The Biden marketing campaign launched an announcement from one, Marianne Baker, who mentioned she by no means obtained any report of inappropriate habits in practically 20 years of working for Biden.


The Put up and Instances interviewed the opposite two aides, each of whom advised the newspapers they’d no recollection of Reade’s grievance.

Reade was considered one of eight girls who final yr got here ahead to say Biden had hugged, kissed or touched them in ways in which made them uncomfortable, although none accused him of sexual assault. Reade publicly accused him of the assault on a podcast in March.

Some outstanding Democratic girls have stepped ahead to defend Biden. Others have requested him to deal with the accusation.


“It could’t seem that she’s being ignored simply because it is an inconvenient reality for sure individuals within the Democratic Social gathering,” mentioned Nina Turner, who was nationwide marketing campaign co-chair for the presidential marketing campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders, who dropped out of the race and endorsed Biden.