House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries says Tara Reed’s Biden accusations should be ‘seriously investigated’


House Democrats chairman Hakeem Jeffries was elected by House Democrats to replace him on Wednesday. Speaker Nancy Pelosisaid Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations against President Biden “should be seriously investigated” during the 2020 presidential election.

Jeffries made headlines after breaking with the party in April 2020 to give credence to Reed’s allegations. biden staff She accused Biden of cornering her in the Senate office building in 1993 and sexually assaulting her.

Multiple people have corroborated parts of Reid’s story since she first spoke out on March 25, 2020, but Biden and his campaign have vehemently denied the allegations.

“This is a serious allegation brought by a serious individual and needs to be seriously investigated and must be taken seriously. Perhaps we should hear from him. [Biden] directly at some point Jeffries told WNYC at the time.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York)

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (DN.Y.) next to Rep. Pete Aguiler (D-California) and Rep. Catherine Clarke (D-Massachusetts) for House Democratic leadership in the 118th Congress Speaking to reporters after being elected. The US Capitol Visitor Center in Washington DC on Wednesday.

Top House’s DEM HAKEEM JEFFRIES says Tara Reade’s Biden allegations are ‘serious’ and deserve an investigation

“This should be taken seriously, but I’m not in a position to say what the appropriate mechanism is.

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Reed was one of eight women to accuse Biden of inappropriate touching in 2019. She later detailed her experience with Biden in March 2020, saying he once accused her shoved against a wall and claimed to have digitally broken in without her consent.

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Top Democrats downplayed the claim, even though it came in the immediate aftermath of the #MeToo movement.Senate candidate at the time John Hickenlooper made headlines In June 2020, after saying he believed Reed’s claims “for the most part” but would endorse Biden for president anyway.

October 2020, lead release Her book, Left Out: When the Truth Does Not Fit In, describes her experience moving forward with the allegations.

Jefferies’ office did not respond to Fox News Digital’s question asking whether New York legislators still agreed that the allegations should be investigated or whether they supported an investigation in the new legislature. .

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Jeffries won Wednesday’s no-vote election After Pelosi and two other incumbents in the Democratic leadership, Majority Leader Stenny Hoyer and Majority Whip Jim Cliburn, chose to resign.

A 52-year-old New Yorker, Jeffries becomes the first African-American to serve as the leader of the House Democrats.