The Democratic presidential candidate was denounced by a former personal assistant, but so far he had only denied the episode through his team
Joe Biden will finally break the silence on the sexual abuse allegations against him on Friday , a journalist who plans to interview the Democratic pre-candidate announced.
Biden’s appearance on the MSNBC network will come amid increased pressure for the reporting of an episode apparently occurred in the 1990s , including by President Donald Trump.
“Tomorrow in a @Morning_Joe exclusive, former Vice President @JoeBiden (will respond) for the first time to the recent allegation of sexual assault against him,” the cable TV channel’s public relations team reported on Twitter on Thursday.
So far, Biden’s team has denied the claim that he has assaulted a 29-year-old personal assistant who worked in his United States Senate office. But the 77-year-old virtual Democratic White House candidate has yet to personally respond to the indictment of Tara Reade, now 56.
Trump, who faced more than a dozen sexual harassment and assault allegations before he became president, said he knew little about the allegations against Biden, even as his re-election team and Republican campaign operations aggressively push the controversy.
“I think he should respond, ” Trump told reporters at the White House. “They could be false accusations,” he added. “I know everything about false accusations, I have been falsely accused on numerous occasions,” added the president.
According to Tara Reade’s complaint , Biden attacked her in 1993 in a hallway on Capitol Hill. “He pulled my skirt down but then he tucked it inside and it penetrated my fingers, ” Reade said in an interview in late March on the Katie Halper Show podcast.
Following that complaint, other women accused Biden of inappropriately touching or hugging them in the past. Indeed, Reade’s first accusations were in the same tone and less severe than his more recent accusations.
The New York Times reported that he interviewed Reade multiple times as an assistant to Biden during the 1990s, and that he recorded no pattern of misconduct.
Meanwhile, Biden promised to choose a woman as his running mate , and on Thursday launched a committee to help him find a vice presidential candidate.
” Selecting a vice presidential candidate is one of the most important decisions in a presidential campaign and no one knows that more than Joe Biden ,” campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a statement.
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, who this week endorsed Biden for president , addressed the issue at her press conference on Thursday, which focused on the coronavirus pandemic. “There was never any record” of the assault, and “no one came close to saying anything about it other than the director involved” until 27 years later , he said.
Biden is “a person of great values” who has fought for women’s rights throughout her career, Pelosi said, closing ranks with the candidate.
Released to campaign from home due to the coronavirus crisis, Biden appeared Thursday in an Instagram live chat with soccer champion Megan Rapinoe , but the issue of allegations of sexual abuse was not addressed.
Several women seen as candidates for Biden’s running mate, including Senator Kamala Harris and former Georgia state legislator Stacey Abrams, have expressed their support for Biden regarding the allegations.
“I know Joe Biden and I think he is telling the truth and this did not happen, ” Abrams told CNN on Tuesday. Reade’s accusations present a thorny problem for Biden’s campaign. Harris and Senator Amy Klobuchar, another potential running mate, were prominent figures in opposing Brett Kavanaugh’s 2018 confirmation to the Supreme Court on unproven allegations of sexual assault.
With information from AFP