Senate staffer: Law precludes release of record type requested by Biden on Tara Reade complaint

Senate staffer: Law precludes release of record type requested by Biden on Tara Reade complaint
Joe Biden, Tara Reade (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – The Secretary of the Senate isn’t affirming the existence of such a complaint; rather is stating that the type of record at issue is one prohibited by law from release.  Apparently Biden’s odd refrain about searching the National Archives was because his own staff thought a complaint from the 1990s would have been moved to the Archives by now.  This is so weird; another wrinkle in our fast-wrinkling drama, which Howard Portnoy summarized earlier.]

The secretary of the Senate on Monday said her office cannot comply with a request by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to order a search for a purported complaint made by the woman accusing him of sexual assault when he was a senator.

In a statement, Julie Adams said their legal counsel has reviewed the relevant statute governing such records and advised that “the Secretary has no discretion to disclose any such information as requested in Vice President Biden’s letter of May 1.” …

This comes after Biden on Friday called on the secretary to essentially resolve confusion over where personnel complaints from the 1990s would be held, after demanding hours earlier that any complaint from former staffer Tara Reade be located and released.

“We had understood that the Senate stores records from this office, and from this period, in the National Archives. The Archives now states that the records would have remained under the control of the Senate,” Biden wrote.

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