House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday, May 5, agreed with MSNBC’s host Ari Melber that the sexual assault allegations against presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden now is a “closed issue.”
Melber asked Pelosi whether she considered the case against Biden—the allegations made by his former staffer Tara Reade that he sexually assaulted her when she worked in his Senate office in 1993—to be a “closed issue.”
“Well, it is for me,” Pelosi responded.
— The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC (@TheBeatWithAri) May 6, 2020
“I have said I am proud to support Joe Biden for president. I believe him when he says it didn’t happen. But I also believe when he says let them look into the records. And that’s what they should do. But I’m not going to answer this question again,” she continued. “I will just say I have every confidence that Joe Biden will be a great president of the United States.”
Last week at a U.S. Capitol news conference, asked about whether Democrats had a different “standard” for Biden than for then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, for whom Democrats were demanding an FBI investigation over an alleged assault when he was a teenager, Pelosi snapped at the reporter, saying, “I don’t need a lecture or a speech.”
On Tuesday, The Scoop released a montage that shows Biden calling on the FBI to investigate the claims of sexual assault against Kavanaugh in 2018 and flip flopping his stance on believing women.
WATCH JOE BIDEN FLIP FLOP ON SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS
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— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) May 5, 2020
“I think they should do an FBI investigation, we did that for Anita Hill,” Biden said in the video, referencing Kavanaugh’s allegations. “It’s a job interview, no one’s entitled to be in the Supreme Court, no one’s entitled to be in the United States Senate, no one’s entitled to hold any public office.”
“No man has a right to touch you, period, under any circumstance,” he told his supporters, “It’s all about the abuse of power. Number one. Number two, women should be believed.”
“No man has a right to lay a hand on a woman, no matter what she’s wearing, what she does,” Biden said. “Unless you can affirmatively give consent, it’s rape. … Everybody engaging in that behavior is committing a crime.”
Last week, Biden finally broke his silence after facing mounting pressure to personally address Reade’s allegations. He told MSNBC that alleged sexual harassment and assault charges made by Reade “never happened” and declined to make public his records that would shed light on the claim.