UNITED STATES: According to a Russian government-run news outlet, Tara Reade, the former Senate assistant who accused President Biden of sexual assault during his 2020 elections, said on Tuesday that she had moved to Russia and was immigrating there.
Reade, who for a brief period in 1993 served as Biden’s staff assistant in the Senate, accused him of touching her inappropriate manner. These allegations were made in 2019. Then, in 2020, right around the time he appeared to be winning the Democratic nomination for president, she accused him of sexual harassment. Her claims were categorically refuted by Biden.
As she leaves for Russia, Moscow and Washington are at odds over the disagreement in Ukraine, which President Vladimir V. Putin typifies as an existential conflict with the West, which supports Kyiv. It was “very difficult” for Reade to plan to travel to Russia, but she assumed she would feel safer there, she told the Russian news outlet on Tuesday.
Reade said, “As far as like going to another safe haven, I mean, there are many Americans here, and I don’t want to out a bunch of Americans, but there are people here that are coming to Russia, luckily, the Kremlin is accommodating.”
According to a newspaper interview, no former Biden staff members were able to confirm any specifics of Reade’s claim or recall any behaviour by Biden toward her or any other women that were significant compared to it. Reade’s friend confirmed that she had revealed the specifics of the unsubstantiated claim to her at the time.
After Antioch University disputed Reade’s assertion that she earned a bachelor’s degree from its Seattle campus, the high-profile #MeToo lawyer Douglas H. Wigdor dropped Reade as a client in May 2020 as her legitimacy was under severe scrutiny.