- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 6, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the sexual assault allegation against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden is a closed issue and that she’s “not gonna answer” any more questions about the matter.

During an appearance on MSNBC, the California Democrat was asked by Ari Melber whether she considered the allegation against Mr. Biden by former Senate staffer Tara Reade a “closed issue.”

“Well, it is for me,” Mrs. Pelosi responded. “I have said I am proud to support Joe Biden for president. I believe him when he said it didn’t happen, but I also believe him when he said let them look into the records, and that’s what they should do.

“But I’m not gonna answer this question again,” she added.

Mrs. Pelosi repeated her talking points about the former vice president, saying he is a man of integrity who understands the “kitchen-table issues” of working-class Americans.

“I will just say I have every confidence that Joe Biden will be a great president of the United States, not only because of the person of integrity that he is, but the person of vision that he is for just some of the things you talked about,” she said. “About health care for all Americans, about job security, about the kitchen-table issues that he’s so familiar with in his own family, when his father lost his own job.

Joe Biden is Joe,” she added. “And again, he brings those values and his personal experience to a vision of America that is about fairness, and not trickle-down economics, but bubble up from that kitchen table, from working families in our country.”

On March 25, Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer, accused then-Sen. Biden of pinning her against a wall and digitally penetrating her without her consent in his Senate office in 1993. At least six people have corroborated parts of Ms. Reade’s story.

Mr. Biden vehemently denied the claim Friday, saying, “It is not true. I’m saying it unequivocally — it never happened. It didn’t. It never happened.”

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