Joe Biden on Friday expected to give his first public comments on a sexual assault allegation that has roiled his presidential campaign.
“I’m saying unequivocally that it never, never happened,” Biden said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” by breaking weeks of silence on the issue. Tara Reade, a former Senate aide, claims that Biden assaulted her in 1993 when she worked in his office. Reade had accused Biden of pinning her against a wall in 1993 She said Biden reached under her skirt and assaulted her.
Anchor Mika Brzezinski pressed Biden on whether he would approve a search for Reade’s name in the University of Delaware records. Biden did not agree to do so.’ No. It is not true. I’m saying unequivocally it never happened and it didn’t,’ Biden says shortly.
Biden is the last Democrat actively campaigning for his party’s nomination to face President Donald Trump in this fall’s general election. Speaking about the allegation for the first time on Friday, Trump said Biden “should respond” before proceeding to criticize the treatment of Kavanaugh as “an absolute disgrace to our country.”
Biden emphasized in his Friday statement that none of his other past aides has corroborated Reade’s accounts.