Tara Reade, the previous Senate aide who accused President Biden of sexual assault as he ran for president in 2020, stated on Tuesday that she had moved to Russia and was searching for citizenship there, in line with Sputnik, a Russian-government-run information web site.
Ms. Reade informed Sputnik in a news conference that whereas her “dream is to stay” in each the USA and Russia, she would possibly reside solely in Russia as a result of that’s the place she feels “surrounded by safety and security.”
In 2019, Ms. Reade, who briefly labored as a employees assistant in Mr. Biden’s Senate workplace in 1993, accused him of inappropriately touching her. Then in 2020, across the time when he appeared more likely to win the Democratic nomination for president, she accused him of sexual assault. Mr. Biden flatly denied her allegations.
In interviews with The New York Times in April 2020, no former Biden employees members might corroborate any particulars of Ms. Reade’s allegation or recall any comparable conduct by Mr. Biden towards her or any girls. A good friend of Ms. Reade’s stated that she had informed her the main points of the allegation on the time.
In Might 2020, a high-profile lawyer of the #MeToo period, Douglas H. Wigdor, dropped Ms. Reade as a shopper as her credibility got here underneath harsh scrutiny after Antioch College disputed her declare of getting obtained a bachelor’s diploma from its Seattle campus.
On Tuesday, Ms. Reade informed Sputnik that whereas her determination to go to Russia “was very troublesome,” she believed she could be extra protected there.
“So far as like going to a different protected haven, I imply, there are lots of Individuals right here, and I don’t wish to out a bunch of Individuals, however there are folks right here which might be coming to Russia,” Ms. Reade stated.
She added that “fortunately, the Kremlin is accommodating.”
“So we’re fortunate,” she stated.
Her departure to Russia comes as Moscow and Washington spar over the battle in Ukraine, which President Vladimir V. Putin casts as an existential wrestle with the West, which backs Kyiv.