A political action committee has introduced a petition demanding that 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden unseal senate documents related to allegations of sexual assault leveled against him by Tara Reade.
The Democratic political opposition research group America Rising launched the “PETITION: Tell Biden to Unseal His Senate Papers!” Tuesday afternoon as Reade called on on the former vice president to release documents pertinent to his time during the Senate in an exclusive interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Biden faces increasing pressure to unseal documents currently housed by the University of Delaware Library. These senate records cover a wide swath of Biden’s political career but are being kept secret until Biden “retires from public life,” the Washington Post reports.
“Joe Biden is facing an allegation of sexual assault by a former Senate staffer,” America Rising’s petition says. “New details are emerging every week, however he has yet to be asked a single question about the allegation by mainstream media.”
“Currently, all of the documents from Biden’s career in the U.S. Senate remain under lock and key at the University of Delaware,” the petition adds, noting that the documents may include information pertinent to Reade’s allegations but that Biden “refuses to release a single document.”
All of the documents from Biden’s Senate career remain under lock and key at the University of Delaware.
The complaints that may shed light on this alleged sexual assault could sit in those very files.(Article Continues Below Advertisement)
Yet, Biden refuses to release a single document.https://t.co/uiDQhWHXQ1
— America Rising (@AmericaRising) April 28, 2020
“Joe Biden, I want you to release all the personnel records from 1973 to 2009 and be transparent about your office practices,” Reade told the DCNF. “I would like to hold you accountable for what happened to me, to how your staff protected you and enabled you, bullied me multiple times into silence.”
“You ended my career,” she told Biden. “You ended my job after you assaulted me. You claim to be the champion of women’s rights, but your public persona does not match your personal actions.”
She added: “I want this brought to light and I want you to admit it in public. I want a public apology for calling me a Russian agent and having other people try to smear my character in order to cover your crimes.”
The Biden campaign has denied the assault and said it “absolutely did not happen.” The campaign did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Reade’s demand for transparency from the DCNF.
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