[guest post by Dana]
First, reporter Laura McGann, who began interviewing Tara Reade about her allegations against Joe Biden a year ago, documents in detail her involvement with Reade, including interviews and conversations surrounding her claims. McGann became concerned by the inconsistencies in Reade’s story. A concern shared by our host, as well as many of us here. The slow-trickle of added details not included in her former neighbor’s account, her brother’s account, and even in Reade’s original account, makes for a different story than the original story told by Reade. All of which has left McGann, a reporter digging for the complete story, mired in the miasma of uncertainty:
If Reade had told a consistent story and shared all of her corroborating sources with reporters, if those sources had told a consistent story, if the Union piece had shaken loose other cases like hers, or if there were “smoking gun” evidence in Biden’s papers, her account might have been reported on differently in mainstream media a year ago. It is not fair to an individual survivor that their claims require an extraordinary level of confirmation, but it’s what reporters have found is necessary for their stories to hold up to public scrutiny and successfully hold powerful men accountable. So we are here.
[Ed. Biden is refusing to open his senatorial archives for a search of Reade’s complaint.]
While many view Reade’s inconsistencies as problematic, she doesn’t see it that way:
“My story never changed. I just didn’t come forward with all the details. It’s really simple,” she said to me. “I held back this story because I was afraid of a powerful man.”
It’s safe to say that most women who find themselves in a situation where their abuser is a powerful, well–connected man, might react in a similar manner. There is nothing unreasonable about fearing retaliation from a powerful public figure who has the resources to ruin one’s life.
Yesterday, it was reported that a court document confirmed that Tara Reade had told yet another individual about being sexually harassed in Joe Biden’s office in 1993. This is a statement from Reade’s ex-husband Theodore Dronen in a document filed in 1996:
On several occasions Petitioner related a problem that she was having at work regarding sexual harassment in U.S. Senator Joe Biden’s office. Petitioner told me that she eventually struck a deal with the chief of staff of the Senator’s office and left her position…It was obvious that this event had a very traumatic effect on Petitioner, and that she is still sensitive and effected by it today.
It’s notable that this took place during a contentious divorce proceeding between Dronen and Reade, when she had filed a restraining order against Dronen after he filed for a divorce from her.
Finally, Reade, who has had no legal representation until this week, sat down for an interview with Megyn Kelly. If you recall, Reade reportedly backed out of an interview with Chris Wallace last weekend, citing security concerns. I’m not sure what has changed between now and then with regard to the alleged concerns, but Reade nonetheless met with Megyn Kelly in Northern California. What’s significant in this portion of the interview, is that Reade publicly says that she is willing to testify under oath, be cross-examined, and if Joe Biden took a polygraph test (which she thinks he should), she would take one too. Oh, and Reade also believes that Joe Biden should withdraw from the presidential race:
It’s unclear when or where the full interview will appear.
*This is how the AP opened their report about Reade obtaining legal representation (linked above):
Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer who alleged Joe Biden sexually assaulted her 27 years ago, is being represented by a prominent lawyer and political donor to President Donald Trump’s 2016 Republican campaign.
It isn’t until the eighth paragraph into the report that we find this:
Wigdor is well known for his work on prominent cases related to sexual harassment and assault. He represented six women who accused Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced Hollywood producer, of sexual misconduct. He has also represented a number of Fox News employees in cases alleging gender and racial discrimination at the network, including Juliette Huddy, one of the women who accused Bill O’Reilly of pursuing a sexual relationship with her and retaliating when she refused. In 2018, he spoke out in the media defending Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.