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Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., mentioned on Friday that although presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has a proper to defend himself, his intercourse assault accuser Tara Reade has a “proper to be heard.”
“The vice chairman calling for an investigation into any data that exist is the appropriate factor to do,” the California Democrat informed “America’s Newsroom.”
Swalwell’s feedback got here after Biden denied allegations of sexual assault leveled in opposition to him by former Senate staffer Tara Reade. Biden personally addressed the claims for the primary time on Friday, greater than a month after the lady went public with the accusations.
“They aren’t true. This by no means occurred,” Biden mentioned in a written assertion put out by his marketing campaign on Friday.
“Whereas the small print of those allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault are difficult, two issues usually are not difficult. One is that girls should be handled with dignity and respect, and once they step ahead they need to be heard, not silenced. The second is that their tales must be topic to applicable inquiry and scrutiny.”
Additional, Biden known as for the secretary of the Senate to ask the Nationwide Archives to “determine any document of the criticism she alleges she filed and make obtainable to the press any such doc.”
Swalwell mentioned that he “is not going to query Reade’s motives” for coming ahead presently.
“The vice chairman didn’t both. He didn’t say she was a liar, he didn’t say he’s going to sue her, he didn’t say she’s not his kind and, bear in mind, these are all of the issues President Trump mentioned concerning the 25 individuals who accused him.,” he mentioned.
Swalwell mentioned that whereas accusers ought to at all times be “believed,” all of the details must be taken under consideration as effectively.
“Different folks across the incident, individuals who labored within the workplace on the time must be interviewed and I’m going to go away it to that,” Swalwell mentioned.