Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Bidens defense against a sexual assault allegation was “sufficient.”
“Before the MeToo movement, women were not listened to who were telling what had happened to them. Since MeToo, women are listened to,” Schumer told reporters in Washington on Tuesday.
“Now, Ive heard Joe Bidens explanation. I think its sufficient. I think he will be a great candidate, I think he will be a great president, and I think he will help us take back the Senate.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) showed early support for Biden, saying last month she was “satisfied” with the response the Biden campaign put out after former staffer Tara Reade elevated a previous complaint to a sexual assault claim.
Biden responded to the claim during a television appearance on May 1, insisting it wasnt true.
After the appearance, Pelosi said, “I believe him when he says it didnt happen.”
She said she wouldnt answer any further questions about the matter.
Biden has received near-uniform support from Democrats in Congress after being accused of sexual assault.
Reade says Biden assaulted her at the U.S. Capitol in Washington in 1993. Multiple people recounted being told by her within the next few years about the alleged incident, including her husband and a neighbor.
Schumers remarks came after Reades attorney demanded the former vice president open up his Senate archives, which were gifted to the University of Delaware in 2012.
The university last year pushed back the scheduled release date and has said workers are busy curating the documents aRead More From Source