The memo was sent to the former veep’s top Democratic supporters after The New York Times published an investigation this month examining claims from Reade that she was assaulted by Biden in 1993 while working as a staffer for the then-senator. While Biden has yet to comment on the allegations, his campaign is seeking to squash the rumor by inaccurately claiming the Times report found the incident didn’t take place.
“Biden believes that all women have the right to be heard and to have their claims thoroughly reviewed,” the memo, obtained by Buzzfeed News, reads.
“In this case, a thorough review by the New York Times has led to the truth: this incident did not happen,” it continued. “Here’s the bottom line,” the memo added, per the report. “Vice President Joe Biden has spent over 40 years in public life: 36 years in the Senate; 7 Senate campaigns, 2 previous presidential runs, two vice presidential campaigns, and 8 years in the White House. There has never been a complaint, allegation, hint or rumor of any impropriety or inappropriate conduct like this regarding him — ever.”