Democrat senators Ed Markey (D-Mass) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) have indicated support for an independent investigation into the allegations of sexual assault by Tara Reade against Joe Biden.
Appearing on “This Week” with Martha Raddatz, DNC Chairman Tom Perez argued against an investigation by saying that Biden was already vetted by Obama when chosen as his Vice President in 2008.
The Hill reports a few Senate Democrats are saying there needs to be more investigation of former aide Tara Reade’s accusation that Joe Biden sexually assaulted her in the Senate 27 years ago, a charge Biden has vehemently denied.
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who is in the midst of a tough primary race against Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), said Monday that there needs to be an “independent” investigation.
“We need an investigation that has independence that will then ensure that the facts are established,” Markey said on his way to a late afternoon confirmation vote in the Capitol.
“It should be independent,” he added.
Markey said he hadn’t yet thought about who should conduct the investigation but said Biden himself “has called for it, and I think he’s right to do it.”
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) also called for an independent review of the charges.
“I think it’s important to have appropriate independent scrutiny brought to bear to help inform all of us about the situation,” he said. Like Markey, he hasn’t give much thought about who should conduct the probe.
“It’s a good question … because we’re not in a situation where there’s a member of the Senate or a member of the administration” facing charges, Merkley noted.
Reade in mid-March claimed that Biden pushed her against a wall and assaulted her in 1993.
Biden declared that “it never, never happened” during an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday, his first media interview on the subject.