Courtesy of NYT:

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Friday denied an allegation of sexual assault by a former Senate aide, Tara Reade, his first public remarks about an accusation that has roiled his presidential campaign.

“I recognize my responsibility to be a voice, an advocate, and a leader for the change in culture that has begun but is nowhere near finished,” Mr. Biden wrote in a Medium post. “So I want to address allegations by a former staffer that I engaged in misconduct 27 years ago. They aren’t true. This never happened.”

Mr. Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, also called on the National Archives to release any existing complaint related to the allegation.

In an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday, Mr. Biden said of Ms. Reade’s claim, “No, it is not true. I’m saying unequivocally it never, never happened.”

Responding to questions from Mika Brzezinski, the show’s co-host, Mr. Biden said that all women had a right to be heard when they come forward with allegations, and then the facts need to be examined. But he strenuously insisted that in his case, “I assure you it did not happen. Period. Period.”

Amid intensifying scrutiny around the allegation, there have been growing calls for Mr. Biden to release his Senate papers, held at the University of Delaware. In the Medium post, Mr. Biden said that those papers “do not contain personnel files.”

“There is only one place a complaint of this kind could be — the National Archives,” he wrote. “The National Archives is where the records are kept at what was then called the Office of Fair Employment Practices. I am requesting that the Secretary of the Senate ask the Archives to identify any record of the complaint she alleges she filed and make available to the press any such document. If there was ever any such complaint, the record will be there.”

They have been clamoring for the mainstream media to address these allegations and now they have. 

I remain very skeptical of Tara Reade’s story, but she deserves to be heard. 

I think at this point it is a given that she is being funded and coached by the Right Wing so I imagine they will push this thing as fat as they possibly can. 

Personally I am laser-focused on defeating Donald Trump in 2020. 

And Joe Biden is the man to make that happen, all other considerations have to take a backseat to that.