Secretary of the Senate says it can't release Tara Reade documents
- Author: Sonia Alvarado May 06, 2020,
May 06, 2020, 0:14
The secretary of the Senate has declined Joe Biden's request to release any potential documents pertaining to an allegation of sexual assault against him from a former Senate staffer, citing confidentiality requirements under the law.
Reade has said she filed a partial report with a congressional personnel office outlining broad details of her concerns with Biden that she believes could offer proof of some of her allegations. Biden said if any record exists it would be under the control of the Senate.
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Reade has publicly accused Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993, which Biden has said is not true.
The statute that lays out how records of the Office of Senate Fair Employment Practices, which would have likely handled such a complaint, are governed states that the records are "strictly confidential". I appreciate that the vice president took a lot of questions, tough questions. She has said she filed a complaint related to the uncomfortable interactions in the office, but not sexual assault. Dennis Toner, who was Biden's deputy chief of staff at the time and one of the people Reade said she had discussed her complaints with, told CNN in an interview that he had no recollection of Reade or any conversation related to sexual harassment allegations. "The senator liked my legs and thought I was pretty and wanted me to serve drinks to a fundraising event that was mostly men", she said. But she repeatedly told me that she was too scared to use the words sexual harassment and was not that specific. So she basically just filled out a form with some basic information about herself in her office.