Reade, a longtime Democrat who supported both Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in the primary, said she will not be voting for Trump or Biden in November. The speaker was asked whether she believed Biden should directly address the accusation.
Biden's press service has continuously dismissed the sexual assault claims, with Kate Bedingfield, Mr Biden's communications director, busting the claims straight away, inviting journalists to verify them first: "Women have a right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims. The New York Times conducted a thorough investigation, and nothing in the Times review or any other later reports suggests anything other than what I already know about Joe Biden: That he will make women proud as the next President of the United States". While Trump has faced allegations of sexual assault that are more severe and numerous, Reade said she felt either was a similarly bad option.
Coons also said Biden's good character and advocacy for women indicate the accusation is false. She told the paper that she was asked to serve drinks at an event because Biden liked her legs and, when she refused, was sidelined and eventually pushed out of his employ.
Ms Reade made the harassment accusation previous year and she recently offered details of what she said was a sexual assault in a hallway somewhere on Capitol Hill.
"I believe that women deserve to be heard and I believe they need to be listened to, but I also believe that those allegations have to be investigated by credible sources", she said. On Wednesday, The Washington Post's editorial board called upon Biden to do so, as well as to release relevant Senate records. "I think it's been a great contribution to our country", Pelosi said.
Fresh reporting has re-energized calls for Biden to address the subject.
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Reade did not respond to questions from the AP about why she did not mention the women in earlier interviews as people who could corroborate her story. Jack O'Connell in the mid-90s, also told Business Insider that Reade alleged at the time that her former boss in Washington had sexually harassed her, and she was sacked after raising concerns. Reade says that caller was her late mother.
A sexual assault allegation is raising Joe Biden's first big challenge as the Democrats' presidential nominee, fueling Republican attacks and leaving many in his own party in an uncomfortable bind. "Tara Reade may have credible allegations, and also, Joe Biden would be a much, much better president than Donald Trump".
Two of those staffers have said in interviews that they didn't recall Reade or any such incident.
Clinton joined Biden in a videoconference on the coronavirus's effect on women. However, the university said the records will remain sealed until two years after Biden retires from public life.
Biden has pledged to pick a woman as a running mate, and the allegation has left those thought to be in contention in a tough spot.
Some female Democratic operatives expressed concerns the allegation is particularly damaging because it's an indictment of Biden's central campaign rationale: that he provides a moral counter to Trump and that the election is a "battle for the soul of America". "He just had me up against the wall".
"I think what Joe's victories on Super Tuesday showed is that he is building the kind of coalition that I had basically", Clinton told CNN's Fareed Zakaria in an interview in early March.