House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, who was chosen by House Democrats on Wednesday to succeed Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said during the 2020 presidential election that Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations against President Biden “must be seriously investigated.”
Jeffries made headlines in April 2020 after he broke with his party to lend credence to the allegations of Reade, a former Biden staffer who accused Biden of cornering her in a Senate office building in 1993 and sexually assaulting her her.
Several people have corroborated parts of Reade’s story since she first spoke out on March 25, 2020, but Biden and his campaign strongly denied the claims.
“It must be taken seriously because this is a serious allegation made by a serious person and must be seriously investigated. We will probably hear from him [Biden] at some point directly,” Jeffries told WNYC at the time.
TOP HOUSE DEM HAKEEM JEFFRIES SAYS TARA READE’S BITE ALLEGATION “SERIOUS,” DESERVES INVESTIGATION
“I’m not really in a position to say what the appropriate mechanism is, although this has to be taken seriously,” he said.
Reade was one of eight women who came forward in 2019 to accuse Biden of inappropriate touching. She later expanded on her experience with Biden in March 2020, claiming that he once pinned her against a wall and digitally penetrated her without her consent.
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Top Democrats played down the claim, despite it coming on the heels of the Me Too movement. Then-Senate candidate John Hickenlooper made headlines in June 2020 after he said he believed Reade’s claims “to a large extent” but would still support Biden for president.
In October 2020, Reade published the book “Left Out: When the Truth Doesn’t Fit In”, about her experience coming forward with the allegation.
Jeffries’ office did not respond to Fox News Digital’s inquiry asking if the New York congressman still agreed the allegation should be investigated or if he would support an investigation in the new Congress.
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Jeffries won Wednesday’s uncontested election after Pelosi and the other two incumbents in the Democratic leadership, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, opted to resign.
Jeffries, a 52-year-old New Yorker, will be the first African-American to serve as the Democratic leader of the House.