Two more sources have come forward to corroborate former Joe Biden Senate staffer Tara Reade’s account of sexual assault against the former Delaware senator that allegedly took place in a congressional hallway in 1993.
Lynda LaCasse, a former neighbor and Lorraine Sanchez, a former colleague of Reade’s on Capitol Hill both told Business Insider that Reade came forward to them with her story in the mid-1990s, keeping consistent with the story Reade has reported of her experience.
“This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it,” LaCasse told Insider who used to live next-door to Reade.
Sanchez, who worked in a California senator’s office also told Insider that she recalled Reade complaining about it at the time.
Reade first made allegations public last year accusing the former vice president of inappropriate touching when she was a staff assistant in 1993. In March, Reade charged Biden with forcibly kissing her and penetrating her with her fingers and said she was later let go after filing a complaint over the misconduct.
Reade said she had told her mother, brother and a friend at the time, all of which have been shown to be true with her brother going on record in the press to support her claims and a 1993 episode of “Larry King Live” where Reade’s mother called into the program with a transcript matching Reade’s description of events.
LaCasse told Business Insider that Reade spoke of the assault to her in 1995 or 1996.
“I remember her saying, here was this person that she was working for and she idolized him,” LaCasse said. “And he kind of put her up against a wall, and he put his hand up her skirt and he put his fingers inside her. She felt like she was assaulted, and she really didn’t feel there was anything she could do… I remember she was devastated.”
Sanchez gave Insider a similar story.
“[Reade said] she had been sexually harassed by her former boss while she was in D.C.,” Sanchez told the paper. “And as a result of her voicing her concerns to her supervisors, she was let go, fired.”
Reade however, can’t recite the date or location that the alleged assault took place, and three Biden aides that Reade says she told about the inappropriate conduct have denied knowledge of any complaint allegedly filed by Reade. Biden himself has also denied the allegations.
Still, with multiple sources corroborating Reade’s claims, the former Senate aide’s story checks out to be far more credible than allegations lodged against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh just a year and a half ago. Kavanaugh’s primary accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, failed to provide any evidence that the two had even ever met, let alone bring forward a single witness to back up her story that apparently took place more than 30 years ago. Even Ford’s lifelong friend, Leland Keyser could not offer evidence to support Ford’s claims.
Legacy media however, offered the charges against Kavanaugh wall-to-wall coverage despite the absence of any real case, while they ignore far more credible claims brought forward by an accuser with a consistent story backed up by multiple sources. CNN for example, published more than 700 articles on Blasey-Ford accusing Kavanaugh of gross sexual misconduct without evidence while completely omitting any coverage of Reade’s claims until April 17, nearly a month after Reade came public with her claims of sexual assault.