Conservatives Highlight New Double Standard For Biden’s Records: Where’s The Transparency?

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If Joe Biden were a Republican, would Democrats and media members be treating him any differently amid a sexual assault allegation from former staffer Tara Reade?

They likely would according to some conservatives on Twitter who are wondering why Biden is not being subject to the same treatment as Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

In 2018, Kavanaugh faced a sexual assault allegation during his confirmation process and was subject to an FBI investigation—but Biden is not.

Biden even called for the FBI to investigate Kavanaugh at the time and said: “The woman should be given the benefit of the doubt and not be abused again by the system.”


Similarly, Biden told MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski on Friday morning that he will not release his University of Delaware records, which potentially contain records relating to Reade, despite mounting pressure for him to do as they contain conversations with world leaders that he does not want public.

The former vice president even went as far as to admit they could potentially damage his 2020 campaign.

Where’s the follow-up from Dems and mainstream media? Absolutely nothing.

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“If an old transcript of a singular Trump phone call with a foreign leader were at the University of Delaware the media would’ve — in chorus — demanded its release,” National Pulse Editor-in-Chief Raheem Kassam tweeted on Saturday. “But Biden’s entire Senate records, hidden there, are not apparently worthy of such demands.”

Republican Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also tweeted about Biden’s old records and wondered aloud: “Where’s the transparency?”

“Biden claims the National Archives would have record of a complaint. The National Archives say that’s false. In situations with far less evidence, Democrats have demanded FBI investigations, even scoured high school yearbooks,” she tweeted.

From Fox News:

The development comes as both The Atlantic and The Washington Post argued that Biden should instruct the university to turn over the records, saying they “could contain confirmation of any complaint Ms. Reade made, either through official congressional channels or to the three other employees she claims she informed not specifically of the alleged assault but more generally of harassment.”

Biden dropped off 1,875 boxes of “photographs, documents, videotapes, and files” and 415 gigabytes of electronic records to the University of Delaware in 2012. The university initially said it expected to make the records “available to the public two years after Biden’s last day in elected public office.” In April 2019, just hours before Biden announced his current presidential bid, the university changed its mind, and said the papers wouldn’t be released until either December 31, 2019, or until two years after Biden “retires from public life,” whichever comes later.