House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries broke with his party Wednesday and said that Tara Reade’s sexual assault accusation against former Vice President Joe Biden “needs to be investigated seriously.”
Other high-profile Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, have defended Biden against Reade’s allegation.
“It’s got to be taken seriously because this is a serious allegation raised by a serious individual and needs to be investigated seriously,” Jeffries, a fourth-term congressman from New York, said on WNYC.
“We’ve probably got to hear from him at some point directly,” he said, referring to Biden.
“I’m not really in a position to say what is the appropriate mechanism, although this needs to be taken seriously,” Jeffries added.
Biden’s campaign didn’t return a request for comment on Jeffries’ comments, which were first reported by Fox News.
Five people have corroborated different details of Reade’s account against Biden, a Daily Caller News Foundation review of public statements found: her mother, her brother, her close friend, her former neighbor and her former coworker.
Though Biden’s campaign has denied Reade’s accusation, Biden has yet to personally address the matter.
The former vice president has faced increasing pressure to confront Reade’s accusation and release any relevant documents from his Senate archive at the University of Delaware.
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The Washington Post editorial board wrote Wednesday that Reade “deserves to be heard, and voters deserve to hear her. They deserve to hear from Joe Biden, too.”