(PoliticalLookout.Com)- Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was left speechless on TV on Friday when Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski asked him about his refusal to unseal his Senate records.
Biden refuses to allow the press access to his personal Senate records, which provide valuable insight into his career as a senator. The former vice president argues that the media could use many things in the records “out of context,” but others wonder whether it has something to do with allegations he sexually abused a staffer in 1993.
Brzezinski simply asked Biden why he wouldn’t at least search the name of his accuser, Tara Reade, in the files to prove that there’s nothing in there that proves a complaint was filed against him at the time. Biden said he would search Reade’s name in the National Archives, where he claims the appropriate files would be stored, but couldn’t give a good reason for why his Senate records that are kept at the University of Delaware cannot be searched.
Biden initially tried to claim that his Senate records contained sensitive information about conversations between him and President Barack Obama.
“The material at the University of Delaware has no personnel files, but it does have a lot of confidential conversations that I had with the president about a particular issue, that I had with the heads of state of other places, that that would not be something that would be revealed while I was in public office, or while I was seeking public office,” he said. “To the best of my knowledge, no one else has done that either.”
But Brzezinski didn’t back down, telling him she was only asking about her name and nothing else.
“Nothing classified with the president or anybody else,” she said. “I’m just asking why not do a search for Tara Reade’s name in the University of Delaware records.”
Biden was stuck, pausing in awkward silence for five seconds, before asking who she thinks should perform the search. Biden then quickly pivoted the conversation, stating, “Look, Mika, she said she filed a report.”
“She has her employment records still. She said she filed a report with the only office that would have a report in the United States at the time. If a report was ever filed, it was filed there, period.”
Biden’s accuser, Tara Reade, is calling for the Senate records in the University of Delaware to be unsealed.
“Joe Biden, I want you to release all the personnel records from 1973 to 2009, and be transparent about your office practices,” she said. “I would like to hold you accountable for what happened to me, to how your staff protected you and enabled you, bullied me multiple times into silence.”
Why won’t he just search her name? Is there something to hide?