Operatives from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign sifted through his “secretive” Senate records at the University of Delaware “on at least one occasion,” according to new report.
Biden donated “1,875 boxes of documents and 415 gigabytes of electronic records” to UD in 2011 with the premise they would be released two years after his exit from public life. That would have been January of last year.
However, UD has refused to release any of the material as, according to university spokesperson Andrea Boyle Tippett, it “is still being processed, with many items yet to be catalogued.”
Fox News reports Tippett said Biden campaign personnel “rifled through” the Senate files on “at least one occasion” after the former veep announced his candidacy in April 2019. She added no one has visited since the closure of UD’s Morris Library in mid-March.
According to Fox, the University of Delaware charter states its Board of Trustees has “entire control and management of the affairs of the university,” and that no university bylaws “shall diminish or reduce the Board’s plenary authority over all matters related to the control and management of the affairs of the University.”
The current chairman of the UD Board of Trustees is John Cochran, a “longtime Biden donor” and former CEO of credit card giant MBNA (now Bank of America/FIA Card Services). The report notes Cochran purchased Biden’s home in 1996 for “top dollar” despite it needing extensive repairs.
Further, at least seven other members of the University of Delaware’s board of trustees have donated to Biden’s political campaigns — including a former Biden senior counsel from the Senate, as well as the state’s governor and other senior officials.
Chai Gadde, a CEO, has donated thousands to Biden.
In a Friday interview with MSNBC, Biden “unequivocally” denied Reade’s allegations but stopped short of agreeing to open up his U. Delaware records: There are “no relevant personnel documents there,” he said.
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