Team of Lawyers Who Vetted Biden for VP Didnt Turn Up Sexual Assault Complaint

A team of lawyers commissioned by Barack Obama to vet vice presidential candidates in 2008 turned up no hint of sexual assault allegations against Sen. Joe Biden.

Biden has been accused of sexual assault by Tara Reade, who worked for him in the 1990s.

Biden was thoroughly vetted in a process that “certainly would have turned up any formal complaints filed against Biden during his 36-year career in the Senate,” David Axelrod, a senior adviser to Obama who helped the president run his 2008 and 2012 campaigns, wrote in an op-ed.

“It did not. The team would have investigated any salacious rumors of the sort that travel far and wide in Washington. There were none,” he added.

Axelrod wasnt involved directly with the vetting but he was briefed on their work.

“Through that entire process, the name Tara Reade never came up. No formal complaint. No informal chatter. Certainly, no intimation of sexual harassment or assault from her or anyone else. The team of investigators, expert in their work, would not have missed it,” he said. If even one “credible issue” was raised during the search, Biden wouldnt have been chosen as the running mate, Axelrod asserted.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with senior campaign advisor David Axelrod in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

William Jeffries, a lawyer, led a team that vetted Biden during the vice-presidential search. They spent weeks looking through records and interviewing people about the possible running mate.

Reades name didnt come up and the team didnt speak with her.

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