Accuser says Biden responsible if anything happens to her
Having previously accused President Joe Biden of committing sexual assault against her back in the 1990s, onetime congressional staffer Tara Reade – who is said to be preparing to provide testimony to lawmakers – came forth with a cryptic social media post over the weekend declaring that, whatever happens, she is not suicidal, as Fox News reports.
Reade's statement came amid reports that she has been invited to participate in an interview with Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14) and Matt Gaetz (FL-01) and detail her claims against the president.
Alluding to her potential sit-down at the behest of Greene and Gaetz, Reade tweeted on Sunday, “I want to make something clear. If something happens to me, all roads lead to Joe Biden.”
“Joe Biden and [Democratic National Committee] political machine threats, bullying and intimidation over the last three years will not work,” Reade continued.
Emphasizing her primary point, Reade flatly declared, “I am not suicidal.”
“I should not be under investigation nor am I a foreign agent. I am a private citizen,” Biden's accuser further asserted.
“Corruption Must End”
Reade's post seemed to strongly suggest that she has been the target of ongoing harassment since coming forward with allegations of sexual assault against then-candidate Biden back in 2020, but it also added that she would not be deterred.
“I was a former staffer of Joe Biden's that has chosen to step forward to tell the truth. The tactics using intimidation and bullying to silence me and suppress me using DOJ and FBI and social media will not work,” Reade went on.
“I will testify under oath in Congress if asked to do so and tell what happened and what I know,” Reade vowed, adding, “[t]he Biden corruption must end.”
Reade then thanked Greene and Gaetz for extending an invitation to talk to Congress and for “caring about the truth.”
Newsweek reported in March that Greene and Gaetz had indeed reached out to Reade to request that she sit for a transcribed interview about her allegations about forced, unwanted sexual contact from Biden back in 1993.
Gaetz appeared to confirm the invitation during an episode of his Firebrand podcast, when he stated, “President Trump might not be the only person answering questions about his prior conduct,” an apparent reference to the former president's entanglement in the Stormy Daniels hush money matter.
The congressman also suggested that House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (KY-01) informed him and Greene that they were “fully authorized to bring in Tara Reade to take her transcribed interview, to get the facts and to understand what really happened with Joe Biden,” though there has since been some confusion about that assertion, as The Hill noted.
Greene, for her part, stated at the time that it was “time to take a stand against the two-tiered injustice system” and confirmed that she would like Reade to travel to Washington “to speak with us.”
Wheels in Motion?
According to The Hill, Comer was said in March to have disclaimed knowledge of a possible interview with Reade, but Greene and Gaetz seemed to disagree.
“We are going to be talking to her. I just confirmed that,” said Greene. There's going to be a multi-step process because the biggest story that we have right now is the banking records,” she added, referencing the Oversight panel's probe of Biden family business dealings.
Though Democrats have worked hard to discredit Reade ever since she came forward with her allegations during the 2020 presidential campaign, at least one high-ranking member of the party seemed to think her claims deserved thorough review, as Fox News noted late last year.
When Reade's claim first emerged, current House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) maintained, “It's got to be taken seriously because this is a serious allegation raised by a serious individual and needs to be investigated seriously.” Whether Jeffries still feels that way – and will support his Republican colleagues' efforts – amid another contentious presidential campaign, however, is something that remains to be seen.