Pelosi says “still satisfied” with Biden’s response to allegations of sexual assault, praises “integrity”

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“I want to remove any doubt from anyone’s mind: I am very comfortable with the situation as I see it, with all respect in the world for any woman who comes forward, with the utmost respect for Joe Biden Said Pelosi. at a weekly press conference.

She added that she believes Biden “will be a great president of the United States”.

Her comments matched those of a few hours earlier during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” when Pelosi said she had “great sympathy” for women who make allegations of sexual assault and consider themselves as a “big supporter of the #MeToo movement. ”

“And I support Joe Biden,” added Pelosi. “I am satisfied with the way he responded. I know him. I was proud to approve it on Monday, very proud to approve it. And so I am satisfied with that. ”

Urged to know if Biden should speak for himself on the accusation, Pelosi did not respond directly.

“It’s an issue he has to deal with … but I’m impressed by the people who worked with him at the time saying that they had absolutely never heard an iota of information about it,” said a- she declared. “No one has ever made a claim or anyone else has made such a claim to them.”

Pelosi then turned to talk about the importance of the upcoming election against President Trump.

“We have an important election at hand, one of the most important we have had … and I supported [Biden] because he is a person of great values, integrity, authenticity, imagination and connection to the American people, “she said.

Reade, who worked for Biden for nine months ending in 1993, said in interviews with the Washington Post last year that Biden put his hands on his shoulders and neck while working in his Senate office.

She said she complained to three senior office assistants, but those assistants told the Post that they had no recollection of Reade making a complaint. Reade alleged last month in a podcast interview that Biden assaulted her after pushing her against a wall somewhere on Capitol Hill.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) On Thursday predicted that Biden should disclose private documents kept at the University of Delaware that could shed light on whether Reade filed a lawsuit at the time.

“Well, look, when you run for president of the United States, your life is an open book,” McConnell said in an appearance on Fox News. “And I cannot imagine that Vice President Biden will not be involved in the release of all information related to the allegations. It is a very difficult task to run for president, and I think everyone who has done this has realized that their whole lives are open to scrutiny. And I think it happens to Vice President Biden, and they shouldn’t be surprised. ”

Lynda LaCasse, a former neighbor of Reade, told The Post in a text message on Wednesday that when they lived close to each other in 1995 and 1996, Reade told her that “Joe Biden had sexually assaulted her”.

“She said he put her against a wall, put her hand on her skirt and her fingers inside her,” said LaCasse.

She did not provide further details, referring The Post to Business Insider, which published an interview with LaCasse on Monday.

Lorraine Sanchez, who worked with Reade in California, was quoted by Business Insider as saying that Reade had told her that she “had been sexually harassed by her former boss while in Washington and as a result of her concerns to her superiors, she was let go, sent away. “

A 1993 call to Larry King’s CNN talk show has also surfaced in recent days. In the clip, a woman who Reade identified as her now deceased mother called to report the unspecified “problems” that her daughter was having with her employer, whom she called “a prominent senator.” The appellant stated that her daughter did not want to release her account “out of respect for” the anonymous senator.

The Post published a comprehensive review of her account two weeks ago, in which one of her friends confirmed that Reade had told her about the incident shortly after she said he had product.

Reade‚Äôs brother Collin Moulton also told the Post that she told him in 1993 that Biden had touched his neck and shoulders. Several days after the interview, he said in a text message that he remembered telling her that Biden had put his hand “under his clothes”.

Several women said last year that Biden had been too affectionate in a way that made them uncomfortable. Reade’s accusation that Biden had penetrated her was the first allegation of sexual assault against him.

Amber Phillips and Matt Viser contributed to this report.

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