Senate lawyers have told the secretary of the body not to disclose any information about former Sen. Joe Biden after he asked her to look for records related to Tara Reade, a former staffer who says Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993.
Legal counsel “reviewed the relevant statute governing the records of the Office of Senate Fair Employment Practices,” a spokeswoman for Julie Adams, the secretary of the Senate, told The Epoch Times.
“Based on the laws strict confidentiality requirements … and the Senates own direction that disclosure of Senate Records is not authorized if prohibited by law,” the spokeswoman added, Senate lawyers advised Adams that she “has no discretion to disclose any such information as requested in Vice President Bidens letter of May 1.”
Biden last week asked Adams to inquire with the National Archives to try to locate any complaints made by Reade against him. After the National Archives said any personnel complaints would have remained under the control of the Senate, Biden asked Adams to “take or direct whatever steps are necessary to establish the location of the records.”
Adams office cited section 313 of the Government Employee Rights Act of 1991 (pdf), which states that all counseling, mediation, and hearings conducted by the Office of Senate Fair Employment Practices shall be strictly confidential.
The release of records can only be made “if required for the purpose of judicial review,” it states.
Reade and Bidens campaign didnt immediately respond to requests for comment.
Reade said she filed a report with a Senate office after being sexually assaulted and harassed by Biden.
She said the report did not describe assault but did describe harassment.
“I filed the intake form regarding sexual harassment and retaliation” with Senate personnel, she said in a May 2 statement.
The statement came after an Associated Press report claimed Reade told reporters the report she filed “didnt refer to sexual harassment or assault.”