Republicans accused Joe Biden of “hiding documents” on Friday after the former vice president rejected the sexual assault allegation against him by former Senate staffer Tara Reade but would not approve the release of Senate files under seal at the University of Delaware, Fox News informed.
“The most transparent thing Joe Biden did this morning was admit that he is hiding documents so they can’t be used against him,” Republican National Committee Rapid Response Director Steve Guest said in a statement Friday, alleging a “Biden coverup.”
Biden, during an interview Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” adamantly rejected Reade’s allegations, saying “unequivocally, it never, never happened and it didn’t. It never happened.”
He also stated that he’s calling for a search of the National Archives to “identify any record of the complaint she alleges she filed and make available to the press any such document.” He claimed that any such record would be kept by the Archives and not by the University of Delaware, which he said does not have “personnel” files.
However, during the interview, Biden was not eager to accept the suggestions that a similar search should also be conducted at the university.
“The fact is, that there’s a lot of things that of speeches I’ve made, positions I’ve taken, interviews that I did overseas with people, all of those things relating to my job,” Biden explained. “And the idea that they would be made public and the fact while I was running for public office, they could be really taken out of context.”
Biden added: “The papers are position papers, they are documents that existed and that for example when I go, when I met with Putin or when I met with whomever. And all of that to be fodder in a campaign at this time.”
The GOP slammed Biden, saying he “is covering up his University of Delaware documents to save his political future.”
“Not only did Joe Biden say his documents held at the University of Delaware ‘weren’t supposed to be revealed,’ (which is a lie) Biden admitted that he doesn’t want those records to see the light of day because they could be used against him or reveal what he said to Vladimir Putin,” Guest tweeted. “What?!”
The records from Biden’s more than three decades as a senator have come under increased scrutiny for days, as some in the press called on the nominee to push for the records’ release.