They want to search the documents ‘for any reference to Tara Reade’
A watchdog group has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the University of Delaware, seeking access to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s Senate records there, hoping to learn if the documents have any reference to Biden’s sexual assault accuser Tara Reade.
The National Legal and Policy Center filed the request “seeking all documents related to the transfer, curating, and access to the Senatorial Papers of Joe Biden to the university library and to order a search of those documents by the Board of Trustees for any reference to Tara Reade, who has accused Mr. Biden of sexual assault in 1993 when she was employed by Biden,” the group wrote on its website on Monday.
The group is also asking for the release of “all visitor logs to the university’s library by Biden’s campaign or personal aides who have searched the files as has been reported.” Campaign staffers reportedly searched through the files sometime between the start of Biden’s campaign last year and the temporary lockdown of the library, along with the rest of the university, in March.
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NLPC also requests that John Cochran, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, be recused from voting on the search and disposition of the requested documents as required by the Board’s Bylaws because of Mr. Cochran’s prior financial relationship with Mr. Biden as well as the recusal of seven other trustees because of their campaign contributions to Mr. Biden.
“If Joe Biden has nothing to hide, he should welcome the search and release of the records requested,” said Peter Flaherty, Chairman of the NLPC. “After all, Biden has requested the National Archives and the U.S. Senate to search and release such records,” he added.
“The public interest demands that the University of Delaware release all the requested records in the interest of transparency,” said Paul Kamenar, counsel for NLPC. “And Board members who have contributed to Biden’s campaign must recuse themselves from any decision in this matter.”
Biden has refused to allow a search of the records held at the university, claiming there is nothing relevant in them and that information within them could be taken “out of context” against him.
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