McConnell predicts Biden will have to release sealed Senate records over Reade accusation

In a Thursday morning interview, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell predicted former Vice President Joe Biden will have to release sealed Senate records over his sexual assault allegations.

When you run for president of the United States, your life is an open book,” the Senate Majority leader said. “I can’t imagine that Vice President Biden is not going to have to participate and release all of the information related to the allegations. It’s a very challenging thing to run for president, and I think everyone who has done that has realized that their entire life is opened up to scrutiny. I think that’s happening to Vice President Biden, and they shouldn’t be surprised.”

Per WashingtonExaminer, Biden’s archive was expected to be made public sometime last year, but the university extended the seal from the public until two years after Biden “retires from public life” or two years after Dec. 31, 2019, whichever is later.

In the time since Reade came forward, her brother, an unnamed friend, a former neighbor, and a former colleague have said they were told either about the assault or harassment at the time.

According to a new Fox News reports from Gregg Re, University Of Delaware board members, who are keeping Biden’s Senate records secret, have close ties to the former VP.

Fox News reports numerous top officials on the board of the University of Delaware, which is refusing to release Joe Biden’s Senate records despite an earlier promise to do so, have close personal and financial ties to the former vice president, records reviewed by Fox News show — and the chairman of the board even bought Biden’s house in 1996 for $1.2 million, reportedly a “top dollar” price given its condition.

The documents suggest a significant conflict of interest as Biden faces increasing pressure to relinquish the documents that could contain information relevant to Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation against him.

Biden dropped off 1,875 boxes of “photographs, documents, videotapes, and files” and 415 gigabytes of electronic records to the University of Delaware in 2012. The university initially said it expected to make the records “available to the public two years after Biden’s last day in elected public office.” In April 2019, just hours before Biden announced his current presidential bid, the university changed its mind, and said the papers wouldn’t be released until either December 31, 2019 or until two years after Biden “retires from public life,” whichever comes later.

This week, both The Atlantic and The Washington Post argued that Biden should instruct the university to turn over the records, saying they “could contain confirmation of any complaint Ms. Reade made, either through official congressional channels or to the three other employees she claims she informed not specifically of the alleged assault but more generally of harassment.”

The University of Delaware’s charter states that the Board of Trustees has “entire control and management of the affairs of the university,” and notes that no university bylaws “shall diminish or reduce the Board’s plenary authority over all matters related to the control and management of the affairs of the University.”

The current chairman of the board at the University of Delaware, John Cochran, is a longtime Biden donor and former CEO of MBNA.

In a January 2008 article entitled “The Senator from MBNA,” columnist Byron York recounted how Cochran, then MBNA’s vice chairman, paid “top dollar” for Biden’s home in February 1996, just prior to his Senate re-election bid, and that “MBNA gave Cochran a lot of money—$330,000—to help with ‘expenses’ related to the move.”

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