Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Joe Biden: Finger Rapist and Next US President?

                          (Staff articles from The FOX NEWS & NEW YORK TIMES in April 2020.)

The allegations were leveled earlier this week by a woman named Tara Reade, an apparent supporter of Biden’s primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who said she was a staff assistant for Biden in 1993 when he was in the Senate.

Reade has come forward before—last year, when multiple women emerged claiming inappropriate touching by Biden. Reade, at the time, claimed Biden put his hands on her shoulders and rubbed his fingers up and down her neck, but was unable to gain traction on her story aside from an article in a local newspaper.

But this week, Reade told a far more graphic account, with different and more serious details, raising the allegation to the level of sexual assault. Reade’s story first resurfaced in an article in The Intercept. She then was interviewed by podcast host Katie Halper. There, Reade claimed that in 1993, she was asked by a more senior member of Biden’s staff to bring the then-senator his gym bag near the Capitol building, which led to the encounter in question.

“He greeted me, he remembered my name, and then we were alone. It was the strangest thing,” Reade told Halper. “There was no like, exchange really. He just had me up against the wall.” Reade said that she was wearing “a business skirt,” but “wasn’t wearing stockings—it was a hot day.”

She continued: “His hands were on me and underneath my clothes, and he went down my skirt and then up inside it and he penetrated me with his fingers and he was kissing me at the same time and he was saying some things to me.”

Reade claimed Biden first asked if she wanted “to go somewhere else.” “I pulled away, he got finished doing what he was doing,” Reade said. “He said: ‘Come on, man. I heard you liked me.’” She said she felt that “everything shattered in that moment.” Reade went on to allege that Biden looked at her and said “you’re nothing to me.”

Ms. Reade, 56, told The Times that the assault happened in the spring of 1993. She said she had tracked down Mr. Biden to deliver an athletic bag when he pushed her against a cold wall, started kissing her neck and hair and propositioned her. He slid his hand up her cream-colored blouse, she said, and used his knee to part her bare legs before reaching under her skirt.

“It happened at once. He’s talking to me and his hands are everywhere and everything is happening very quickly,” she recalled. “He was kissing me and he said, very low, ‘Do you want to go somewhere else?’”  Ms. Reade said she pulled away and Mr. Biden stopped. “He looked at me kind of almost puzzled or shocked,” she said. “He said, ‘Come on, man, I heard you liked me.’”

At the time, Ms. Reade said she worried whether she had done something wrong to encourage his advances. “He pointed his finger at me and he just goes: ‘You’re nothing to me. Nothing,’” she said. “Then, he took my shoulders and said, ‘You’re OK, you’re fine.’”

Mr. Biden walked down the hallway, Ms. Reade said, and she cleaned up in a restroom, made her way home and, sobbing, called her mother, who encouraged her to immediately file a police report.

Mother of Biden accuser reportedly phoned into Larry King's show to complain about 'prominent senator'. Newly-resurfaced video from decades ago lends support to allegations against Joe Biden; insight from journalist Rich McHugh.

A resurfaced clip of "Larry KingLive" from 1993 appears to include the mother of Tara Reade -- who has accused Joe Biden of past sexual assault while in the Senate -- alluding to “problems” her daughter faced while working as a staffer for the then-U.S. senator from Delaware.

In a telephone interview with Fox News on Friday night, Reade confirmed that her mother called in to the show. Biden's presidential campaign has adamantly denied Reade's allegations but the video could be cited as evidence supporting Reade’s allegation – even though her late mother, in the clip, does not specifically refer to a sexual assault claim.

The Intercept on Friday first reported the transcript of a broadcast from Aug. 11, 1993, of a woman from San Luis Obispo County, Calif., calling in to the show about her daughter's experience on Capitol Hill.

"San Luis Obispo, California, hello," King begins. "Yes, hello. I’m wondering what a staffer would do besides go to the press in Washington? My daughter has just left there, after working for a prominent senator, and could not get through with her problems at all, and the only thing she could have done was go to the press, and she chose not to do it out of respect for him," the caller says.

"In other words, she had a story to tell but, out of respect for the person she worked for, she didn’t tell it?" King inquires. "That’s true," the woman responds before King cuts away to a panel to discuss her claim.

That woman was Jeanette Altimus, Reade's mother, Reade told news outlets, including Fox News. Later Friday, the Media Research Center found the clip in its archives matching the information provided by The Intercept.

Reade took to Twitter to confirm that it was her mother who called in to "Larry King Live." "This is my mom. I miss her so much and her brave support of me," Reade tweeted about her mother, who died in 2016.

Joe Biden is under investigation for sexual assault, according to DC police:  The Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia has confirmed that former Vice President Joe Biden is the subject of an "active, ongoing investigation" into allegations of sexual assault.

The department is actively investigating the complaint brought against Biden brought by his former staffer Tara Reade. Reade accused Biden of viciously sexually assaulting her in 1993 when she worked for the then-Delaware senator. Police confirmed they are investigating Reade's claim, despite her allegation being past the statute of limitations.

A Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson confirmed the investigation regarding Reade’s case to the Washington Examiner this week.“This is an active, ongoing investigation, and there are no further details to provide at this time,” the spokesperson told the outlet.  

Former staffer Tara Reade accused Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her when she worked for him in 1993. "Cases that are handled by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit go through a multi-review prior to being assigned a disposition," the department spokesperson added."This case is progressing through the review process."

The fact that the investigation remains open, despite the alleged incident occurring past the statute of limitations, struck multiple experts as highly unusual. Reade alleges that in 1993 when she worked as a staff assistant in Biden’s Senate office, he pushed her up against the wall and penetrated her with his fingers. Biden’s presidential campaign vehemently denies Reade’s allegations, although the former two-term vice president has yet to comment on the matter directly.   

On April 9, Reade filed an incident report with the D.C. police that said she “disclosed that she was the victim of a sexual assault which was committed by Subject-2 in 1993."Reade has confirmed that Subject-2 is Joe Biden, 77, who was a Delaware senator from 1973-2009 before becoming President Barack Obama's vice president.

Reade, 56, said that she filed an incident report for “safety reasons,” for the purpose of establishing a paper trail in case “something happened to me” and to show that she is serious about her allegation since it is illegal to make a false police report.  Since coming forward with her allegations against Biden, she regularly receives threatening and vulgar messages, she told the Examiner.

Because the incident is past the statute of limitations, she says she expected the police to do no more than note her complaint and not investigate it. Reade says she has no plans to sue Biden in civil court, where D.C. has removed the statute of limitations on sex crimes. Reade said that she was assigned a victim’s advocate within the police department and connected to another one through an outside nonprofit group. “They're helping me mainly with safety planning,” she said.

The D.C. police did not confirm that Reade was assigned a victim’s advocate, although experts say such aid is standard for any individual who claims they were assaulted. Former police officers who have worked in D.C., and sex crime experts, say there could be numerous reasons why the case has yet to be closed.

“Sometimes they receive information that is never going to lead to a criminal charge, but nonetheless, does invoke some of their obligations as public safety officials,” said Wendy Murphy, a professor of sexual violence law at New England Law Boston and a former sex-crimes prosecutor. “Is it usual or typical? I think the answer is no. But this is also not a usual, typical case,” Murphy said.

Among the reasons that the case remains open nearly two weeks after Reade made her report, Murphy said, could be that the officers have concerns about safety, or they could think that what Reade reported leads to other revelations. “You don’t waste resources reviewing something that has no purpose,” Murphy said.

The decision by the D.C. police department struck several former police officers as peculiar, citing the fact that there is ultimately little law enforcement can do should they believe Reade’s allegations. One former officer, who spent years on the force in Washington and spoke to the Washington Examiner on the condition of anonymity because he now works as a consultant for various police departments around the country, said the move struck him as out-of-the-ordinary.

“I wouldn’t expect a department to look into this for that long, maybe just take a report and close it out,” the individual said."It would also automatically be closed."They wouldn’t spend time investigating something they can’t prosecute. "I’m sure the D.C. PD has plenty of work without creating it."Obviously, it’s a very high-profile case, so high-profile cases get a lot more attention, unfortunately, than if the victim or offender wasn’t a known public figure."In spite of that, I wouldn’t expect them to proceed on something that had no chance of getting prosecution."   

Joe Biden has so far refused to respond to the allegations against him. Robert Pusins, a former police officer in Florida who now serves as an expert witness in civil trials, said that he thinks the case is open because “it involves a high-profile person such as a former vice president.”

“It’s a balancing act, and either way, the police are gonna be caught in the middle and criticized for not investigating thoroughly or investigating thoroughly a 30-year-old claim,” Pusins said.

Reade says she hopes this development encourages any other people who might have an allegation against Biden to come forward.“There is a mechanism for them to remain anonymous by going to the D.C. metro police, or they can direct them to their law enforcement,” she said.

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