Politics

New Evidence Appears to Corroborate Reade's Biden Allegation

A 1996 court document reveals she told her then-husband about being sexually harassed.

Thomas Gallatin · May 8, 2020

The water surrounding Joe Biden’s presidential campaign suddenly got a lot hotter on Thursday, as new evidence emerged supporting former staffer Tara Reade’s allegations of sexual assault. The Tribune of San Luis Obispo, California, uncovered court documents from 1996 in which Reade’s then-husband, Theodore Dronen, stated that the reason Reade quit working for Biden’s office was due to sexual harassment.

The court documents were in connection to divorce proceedings Dronen had initiated. In the documents, Dronen states, “I met Petitioner [Reade] in the spring of 1993 while working in Washington D.C. At the early stages of our dating, Petitioner felt comfortable confiding in me as we both worked for members of Congress, and we shared many common interests. On several occasions Petitioner related a problem that she was having at work regarding sexual harassment, in U.S. Senator Joe Biden’s office. Petitioner told me she struck a deal with the chief of staff of the senator’s office and left her position.”

Dronen’s statement documents the actions he took to help Reade because she was still suffering from the harassment: “I was sympathetic to her needs when she asked me for help, and [I] assisted her financially, and allowed her to stay at my apartment with my room mate while she looked for work. It was obvious this event had a very traumatic effect on Petitioner, and that she is still sensitive and effected [sic] by it today.”

This latest evidence corroborates Reade’s claim that she told people of the harassment at the time, and it corroborates her claim that it happened during her time working in Biden’s Senate office. What this evidence does not do is establish that Biden himself was the offending party. Still, this latest revelation supports Reade’s credibility and the calls for Biden’s records to be released will only grow louder.

Meanwhile, prominent Democrats continue to display unmitigated hypocrisy in their response to Reade’s allegations, perhaps none more so than Sen. Dianne Feinstein. “Why didn’t she say something … when he was chairman of the Judiciary Committee or after that?” she demanded to know. This was the same Feinstein who less than two years ago sat on Christine Blasey Ford’s totally unsubstantiated allegations against Brett Kavanaugh for weeks before publicizing them at the eleventh hour, claiming, “Victims must be able to come forward only when they are ready.” Trotting out those unfounded allegations of a supposed event from over 30 years prior was clearly an effort by Feinstein and Democrats to destroy Kavanaugh and prevent his appointment to the Supreme Court.

So why, pray tell, does Feinstein’s standard for Ford not also apply to Reade? This is “totally different,” Feinstein insists. “Kavanaugh was under the harshest inspection that we give people over a substantial period of time. And I don’t know this person at all who made the allegations [against Biden]. She came out of nowhere. Where has she been all these years? He was vice president. … To attack him this way is … absolutely ridiculous.” Ah, when it’s Feinstein’s political opponent who is the target, she “believes all women.” When it’s her political ally who is accused, she brushes it off as “absolutely ridiculous.”

Besides Feinstein’s glaring double standard, one of the biggest differences between Ford and Reade is who revealed these allegations. Despite initial foot-dragging, it has been various media outlets, many on the Left, who have dug into Reade’s story. This is not the product of President Donald Trump or Republicans running some politically motivated smear campaign. That’s one way it’s “totally different” from the Kavanaugh debacle.

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