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The sexual assault allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden are now a “closed issue” for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The California Democrat made it clear Tuesday that she is standing behind the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and believes his denial of the claim by former Senate staffer Tara Reade.


(Source: MSNBC)

Pelosi reiterated her support for Biden and declared in an interview with MSNBC’s Ari Melber that she was done with the issue and would not be answering the question of his innocence again.

Last week, Biden finally directly addressed Reade’s allegation and called on the secretary of the Senate to release any records that might show any claims she may have filed when working for the then-senator in the 1990s.

“Joe Biden speaking out, just days ago on that allegation of a sexual assault,” Melber said to Pelosi on Tuesday. “Now that he has given that answer, do you view this as a closed issue and what is your response?”

“Well, it is for me,” she replied.

“I have said I am proud to support Joe Biden for president. I believe him when he says it didn’t happen. But I also believe that when he says let them look into the records. And that’s what they should do,” Pelosi said before shutting down further discussion.

“But I’m not going to answer this question again. I will just say, I have every confidence that Joe Biden will be a great president of the United States,” she added.

The Democrat leader has addressed the claims and had doubled down on her support of the former vice president in the last few days, even snapping at a reporter who pressed her about the double standard in the treatment of Biden’s accuser and how Democrats treated Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his nomination in 2018.

“I have said … I am proud to have endorsed Vice President Biden,” Pelosi told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus during a conference call last week.”I thought that he dealt with it — a complete denial, support for women.”

“I am impressed with the people who worked with him at the time saying that they absolutely never heard one iota of information about this. Nobody ever brought forth a claim or had anybody tell them about such a claim,” Pelosi told CNN’s “New Day” in an interview last week.

Biden was adamant in an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that “this never happened.”

“To the best of my knowledge, there’s been no complaints made against me in terms of my Senate career, in terms of my office and anything that has been run. Look, this is an open book. There’s nothing for me to hide. Nothing at all,” Biden said, in his first public remarks about the allegation.

While Pelosi agreed with Biden’s request that Senate documents held by the National Archives be searched for any record of claims by Reade, it wasn’t clear if that will be forthcoming.

Senate Secretary Julie Adams, in a statement issued Monday, said that “the Secretary has no discretion to disclose any such information” that Biden requested.

Pelosi’s adamant response to Melber on another question about the Biden accusations, and the obvious double standard of Democrats who have apparently forgotten about believing “all women” and the #MeToo movement, sparked plenty of reaction on Twitter.

Frieda Powers

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