Left vs. Far-Left: Tara Reade Allegations Against Joe Biden Divide Democrats; Secretary of Senate Says She Cannot Comply With Biden Request to Release Records on Purported Complaint

By Washington Examiner. Denied sexual misconduct claims against Joe Biden have splintered the Democrats, just as the party had started bridging divides exposed by a long, competitive primary.

After hiding behind campaign spokespeople, Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, last week bowed to mounting pressure and publicly and directly refuted allegations made by Tara Reade, 56, against him.

But Biden’s vehement denial has failed to quiet discontent expressed by more liberal Democrats, particularly those once in Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s camp, who don’t want a candidate marred with accusations similar to those leveled at President Trump last cycle. . .

New York Times opinion writer Elizabeth Bruenig distilled the argument in a piece called, “Democrats, It’s Time To Consider a Plan B,” which earned her both praise and rebukes online, including criticism from Neera Tanden, president of left-wing think tank Center for American Progress and a longtime Clinton confidante.

Comments such as Tanden’s have, in turn, drawn their own condemnations as Democrats try to unite ahead of November’s general election in order to turn out a winning coalition of voters.

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Secretary of Senate Says She Cannot Comply With Biden Request to Release Records on Purported Reade Complaint

By Fox News. 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.” . . .

“Based on the law’s strict confidentiality requirements (Section 313) and the Senate’s own direction that disclosure of Senate Records is not authorized if prohibited by law (Senate Resolution 474, 96th Congress, Section 3(a)), Senate Legal Counsel advises that the Secretary has no discretion to disclose any such information as requested in Vice President Biden’s letter of May 1,” Adams said. (Read more from “Secretary of Senate Says She Cannot Comply With Biden Request to Release Records on Purported Reade Complaint” HERE)

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