Tara Reade, the ex-Senate staffer who alleged that Joe Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993, acknowledged Friday in an Associated Press interview that she did not explicitly accuse the former vice president of sexual assault or harassment in previous filings and interviews prior to this year-only that she was made to feel "uncomfortable".
Holder said the sexual assault accusations against Biden are not representative of the person he has known for more than 20 years.
Earlier in the day, the former vice president publicly denied the allegations made by his former staffer, Tara Reade, and claimed the incident never happened. As we go to air, Biden is being interviewed on MSNBC, where he's expected to directly address the allegations.
Republicans anxious about President Donald Trump's increasingly precarious political standing are seizing on the allegation to portray Democrats as hypocrites who only defend women who allege wrongdoing against conservatives.
The secretary went on to say what the Democrats did to attack the reputation of Justice Kavanaugh in 2018 was an "embarrassment". "I know that I was too scared to write about the sexual assault".
"One is that women deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and when they step forward they should be heard, not silenced".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News on Thursday that Biden will "have to participate in releasing all the information related to" the allegation, a stance he didn't take when Trump faced misconduct accusations. "I think the media is doing a correct job looking into the allegations, finding out a variety of things". He had pledged to pick a woman as his running mate for Vice-President and has been defended on his record of sexual assault by prominent Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Stacey Abrams.
Tara Reade says Joe Biden complaint wouldn't include sex assault allegation
A team of eight to 10 lawyers, led by Bill Jeffress, spent nearly two months vetting Biden to be Obama's vice president. She graphically described the charges against Biden and asked him to "go on record with the American people".
"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.
That echoed talking points issued by the Biden campaign to surrogates last week that were obtained by this news agency.
The AP declined to publish details of the 2019 interviews at the time because reporters were unable to corroborate her allegations, and aspects of her story contradicted other reporting.
"As the curating process is not complete, the papers are not yet available to the public", she said.
The Trump campaign devoted a sizable chunk to trying to contrast between now and when Kavanaugh was accused. But a central focus of his and Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale's criticism is journalists for not covering the allegation as quickly and forcefully as Christine Blasey Ford's when she accused Kavanaugh. You can't say you believe women and then take it all back because it doesn't apply to you'. "Frankly, that shouldn't be enough for anyone because we know that sort of approach is how the culture of abuse has been allowed to fester for so long". "We can not decide which women were included in 'believe all women"'.
Even so, there was a clear discomfort and perhaps resentment with being on defense on the issue while campaigning against a president accused by more than two dozen women of sexual misconduct.