A woman who accused then-Senator Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in the early 1990s turned heads on Monday after posting a worrisome message online.
Tara Reade, who has credibly claimed Biden assaulted her at a Washington, DC, location, insinuated that persons close to the now-president, as well as the Democratic National Committee, have threatened her.
“I want to make something clear”, she tweeted Sunday. “If something happens to me, all roads lead to Joe Biden”.
She added: Joe Biden and DNC political machine threats, bullying and intimidation over the last three years will not work”.
Reade noted further: “I am not suicidal. I should not be under investigation nor am I a foreign agent. I am a private citizen. I was a former staffer of Joe Biden’s that has chosen to step forward to tell the truth. The tactics using intimidation and bullying to silence me and suppress me using DOJ and FBI and social media will not work.
“Leave me alone. I will testify under oath in Congress if asked to do so and tell what happened and what I know. The Biden corruption must end. Period Thank you @RepMTG and @mattgaetz for inviting me to testify and caring about the truth!” she added.
Reade initially made her accusations ahead of the 2020 election, but her story was widely questioned and dismissed by most of the media and Democrats — many of the same outlets and pundits who believed then-GOP nominee Donald Trump’s female accusers and continue to do so to this day, especially as Trump faces his own sexual harassment case in New York.
In March, Reade told conservative podcaster Benny Johnson she would be happy to testify under oath to Congress regarding her allegations.
“You know, regarding my case, he would lie straight to the cameras”, Reade said, according to the Western Journal. “He was on, I think, the ‘Morning Joe’ show, and just lied flat-out”.
“And, you know, it’s frustrating to see, because it’s not just my case”, she continued. “Moving forward, I’m hoping for justice”.
Reade then dropped some news that Biden likely did not want to hear.
“I did reach out and say I wanted to go under oath — that I would testify in Congress. I have received a response. We are going to meet. And there is a possibility there will be an investigation into Joe Biden. And I will go under oath and I will testify”, she told Johnson.
Previously, Reade claimed that the alleged assault took place in Washington, DC in 1993.
The allegations were denied by Biden and several members of his staff, but Reade persisted and refused to back down from her initial claims, though she eventually dialed back her public efforts to hold him accountable under withering criticism regarding her credibility. But now that Republicans have taken control of the House, she has been pressing the party to open a formal probe.
“It would be a very different thing if I could testify under oath,” Reade said during an interview with the Daily Caller in December, adding she is willing to “provide whatever information [Congress] needed and [Congress] could ask me whatever questions they wanted”.
When she initially told her story, Reade accused Biden of penetrating her with his fingers after pinning her against a wall.
Biden staffers from the time did not recall any such incident being reported, Reade claimed that a formal inquiry will reveal they were telling a different story.
She said if they “had to go under oath, I think they would have to admit something very different”.
Reade also said that she dropped efforts to follow up on the initial assault claim she made at the time because of intimidation.
“I was 28 years old, it was scary to hear at the time. It was at the beginning of my political career, and it kind of shut me up”, Reade told the outlet.
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