Team Biden thought that the New York Times piece smearing Tara Reade and dismissing the accusations by the former Senate staffer had finished the job. But between the Larry King call and this latest corroboration, Biden’s problem is getting worse.
In March, when a former aide to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden accused the candidate of sexually assaulting her in 1993, two people came forward to say that the woman, Tara Reade, had told them of the incident shortly after it allegedly occurred — her brother, Collin Moulton, and a friend who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution.
Now two more sources have come forward to corroborate certain details about Reade’s claims. One of them — a former neighbor of Reade’s — has told Insider for the first time, on the record, that Reade disclosed details about the alleged assault to her in the mid-1990s.
“This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it,” Lynda LaCasse, who lived next door to Reade in the mid-1990s, told Insider.
The other source, Lorraine Sanchez, who worked with Reade in the office of a California state senator in the mid-1990s, told Insider that she recalls Reade complaining at the time that her former boss in Washington DC had sexually harassed her, and that she had been fired after raising concerns.
Now corroboration of complaints is not the same thing as an eyewitness. But either Reade was going around making up lies about Biden three decades ago, or a bunch of people are now lying for her.
Or Biden was a sexual predator.
Lynda LaCasse is described as a Biden supporter. Her record shows she donated to ActBlue and MoveOn.org.
But it does sound like Reade had been talking about this a bit and that suggests other people might also come forward.
All of this is going to increase pressure on Biden and make it impossible for Team Biden to use the ‘restore decency’ angle they were going with.