Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on May 1 repeatedly refused the idea of searching his voluminous vice presidential records at the University of Delaware for the name of his sexual assault accuser, Tara Reade.
In an interview on MSNCs “Morning Joe,” Biden was asked several times why the records at the university should not be searched. The former vice president argued that Reades name cannot be in the documents at the university because her complaint, if one was filed, would be stored at the National Archives. Reade, who accuses Biden of sexually assaulting her 27 years ago when she worked as an aide in his office, has said that records of her complaint may be among the hundreds of boxes of Bidens documents at the University.
“A record like this can only be at one place. It would only be at the U—it would not be at the University of Delaware. My archives do not contain personnel files,” Biden said. “If that document existed it would be stored at the National Archives where documents from the office she claims to have filed her complaint with are stored.”
Prior to the interview, Biden released a statement in which he called on the president of the Senate to ask the National Archives to search for Reades complaint.
Biden gifted the University of Delaware with more than 1,800 boxes of documents in 2012.
“We are currently curating the collection, a process that takes a significant amount of time. As the curating process is not complete, the papers are not yet available to the public,” the university told The Epoch Times in a statement. “The collection was never made public, as processing is not complete and will not be for some time. It is common archival practice to complete processing of an entire collection prior to public availability.”
The National Archives did not respond to a request for information from The Epoch Times, but told Business Insider that they do not keep documents from the office where Reade would have filed her complaint.
When pressed if he would release documents containing Tara Reades name only, Biden did not answer the question directly and argued that the documents at the university contain some papers from his time in office which could be used as fodder against him during the current presidential race.
“There are no personnel documents. You cant do that. You wouldnt, for example, if you worked with me or I worked for you and you had my income tax returns, you had my whatever. Theyre private documents. They dont get put out in the public. Theyre not part of the public record that in fact any senator or vice president or president has in their documents,” Biden said.
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