Headline RoundupMay 1st, 2020

Biden Denies Sexual Assault Allegation

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2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden denied an allegation that he sexually assaulted former Senate staff member Tara Reade in 1993, as part of an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Friday morning. Biden released a written statement before the televised appearance, saying the alleged incident "never happened"; he stated that any record of the claim would be at the National Archives, and requested that the Secretary of the Senate ask the archives to release the record, if it exists. Most reports on Biden's statements rehashed the details of Reade's allegation. Many left- and center-rated outlets compared the claims of sexual impropriety against Biden to those against President Donald Trump, while many right-rated outlets focused on the fact that Biden hadn't been questioned directly about Reade prior to Friday; Reade's sexual assault claim surfaced on March 25. Some on the right also focused on reports that Biden has close ties to members of the University of Delaware's Board of Trustees, which has authority over his Senate archive.

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