DC police say there’s an ‘active, ongoing investigation’ into sexual assault claims against Joe Biden

The Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department said Tuesday that there is currently “an active, ongoing investigation” into allegations of sexual abuse against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden brought by Tara Reade, who worked for the former vice president when he was a U.S. senator.

“This is an active, ongoing investigation, and there are no further details to provide at this time,” the DC police told the Washington Examiner in a statement regarding allegations that Biden sexually assaulted Reade in 1993.

“Cases that are handled by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit go through a multi-review prior to being assigned a disposition. This case is progressing through the review process,” the department continued.

That the investigation was open and ongoing seemed odd to a number of legal experts because the statute of limitations on the alleged crime had long passed, the Washington Examiner reported.

The site noted further:

Reade alleges that in 1993 when she worked as a staff assistant in Biden’s Senate office, he pushed her up against the wall and penetrated her with his fingers. Biden’s presidential campaign vehemently denies Reade’s allegations, although the former two-term vice president has yet to comment on the matter directly.

Reade told her story to Katie Halper, a New York-based comic and filmmaker, in March.

In the interview, Reade claimed that her immediate supervisor asked her to take a gym bag down to the Capitol and give to Biden, which she did.

“[W]e were in the side area, and he just said, ‘Come here Tara,’” she said. “And I handed him the thing, and he greeted me. He remembered my name, then we were alone, and it was the strangest thing.

“I was wearing a blouse, and he just had me up against the wall, and the wall was cold. And I remember he … it happened all at once. The gym bag, I don’t know where it went,” she continued.

“I handed it to him and it was gone, and his hands were on me and underneath my clothes. And then he went down my skirt and then up inside it and he penetrated me with his fingers,” she said.

“He was kissing me at the same time, and … I remember him saying as he was doing it, ‘Do you want to go somewhere else?’ … He got finished doing what he was doing, and I tried to pull back, and he said, ‘C’mon man, I heard you liked me!’”

The Washington Post noted that ‘C’mon, man’ is a well-used phrase by the former senator and Veep.

The Washington Examiner noted that Reade filed a criminal complaint with the Metropolitan Police earlier this month:

On April 9, Reade filed an incident report with the D.C. police that said she “disclosed that she was the victim of a sexual assault which was committed by Subject-2 in 1993.” Reade has confirmed that Subject-2 is Joe Biden, 77, who was a Delaware senator from 1973-2009 before becoming President Barack Obama’s vice president.

The site adds that Reade, 56, said she filed the complaint for “safety reasons” and because she wanted to establish a paper trail in case “something happened to me.” She also said she wanted everyone to know she was serious about her allegations because it’s against the law to file a false police report.

Jon Dougherty

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