Allies are riding to Joe Biden’s defense in the wake of sexual assault allegations leveled against him by a former Senate staffer — and they aren’t all Democrats.
“The Joe Biden I know, I’ve never seen anything [or] believed that he would do anything like this,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News Friday.
The former vice president and presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee has faced growing questions about allegations from Tara Reade, a former aide, that Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993.
Graham, who served with Biden in the Senate, said his former colleague should release his archives, held under seal at the University of Delaware, to dispel any doubts.
But the complaint Reade says she filed to the Congressional Personnel Office does not include an explicit accusation of sexual assault, AP reported Saturday.
“I remember talking about him wanting me to serve drinks because he liked my legs and thought I was pretty and it made me uncomfortable,” Reade told The Associated Press. “I know that I was too scared to write about the sexual assault” in the complaint.
Reade has accused Biden of pressing her up against a wall and penetrating her with his fingers — an allegation he strenuously denied Friday.
In New Hampshire, one Biden supporter had to resign from the state legislature Saturday after he tried a graphic blame-the-victim defense.
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“Judging by the position of the female vagina, it is not easy for someone to put their finger into the vagina unless their is some Cooperation,” first-term Democratic Representative Richard Komi posted in a now-deleted tweet Friday.
The post drew immediate calls for censure, and Komi resigned his seat Saturday morning, the New Hampshire Union-Leader reported.
Other Democrats stepped up with less inflammatory evidence of Biden’s innocence.
“We certainly looked for any people who might have made allegations in the past,” Bill Jeffress, the attorney who led the vice-presidential vetting effort for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, told Bloomberg News.
“We presented everything we found to Obama and his team,” Jeffress said. “That does tell you that there was nothing serious.”
Republicans have cried foul, saying Biden and other Democrats were quick to pounce on sexual misconduct allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Critics have pointed out that during the brutal Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, Biden said that if a woman comes forward with sexual harassment charges, she should be given the presumption that “the essence of what she is talking about is real.”
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As in the Kavanaugh controversy, a second Biden accuser has emerged.
Eva Murry, the niece of a former GOP Senate candidate who ran against Biden, says that Biden spoke lewdly to her at a political dinner in 1993 — when she was just 14 years old.
Biden “turned to me and asked how old I was,” Murry told the Law&Crime website Friday. “I replied with my age and he replied with the comment, ‘Fourteen? You’re very well endowed for 14!’”
Biden’s campaign declined to comment. According to public reports from the time, Biden underwent sinus surgery days before the event in question and was expected to be confined to his home to recuperate.
Meanwhile, President Trump revealed his inner glee over Biden’s predicament with a pair of Saturday retweets.
Trump claimed to be “sticking up” for Biden in a Friday interview — because, he said, he has faced his own false accusations of sexual misconduct.
“If Trump said Biden is guilty, that would open him up to the same accusations,” Trump analyst Scott Adams said in a video linked by the president that called the statement a “kill shot” meant to torpedo the Democrat’s campaign.
“He’s embracing Biden in the way Biden would least want to be embraced.”