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Pelosi Closes Book on Biden Sex-Assault Allegation: ‘I Believe Him…But I'm Not Going to Answer This Question Again’

By CNSNews.com Staff | May 6, 2020 | 1:45pm EDT
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said on MSNBC on Tuesday that she believes former Vice President Joe Biden when he denies the sexual assault allegation that former staffer Tara Reade has made against him but that she is “not going to answer this question again.” 

MSNBC host Ari Melber played Pelosi a clip of Biden, appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” saying of the allegation: “It is not true. I'm saying unequivocally it never, never happened, and it didn't. It never happened.”

Melber than asked Pelosi: “Now that he has given that answer, do you view this as a closed issue or what is your response?”

“Well, it is for me,” said Pelosi.

“I have said I am proud to support Joe Biden for president,” she said.

“I believe him when he says it didn't happen,” Pelosi said. “But I also believe him when he says let them look into the records, and that's what they should do. 

“But I'm not going to answer this question again,” she said.

“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, about health care for all Americans, about job security, about the kitchen table issues that he is so familiar with in his own family when his father lost his own job. 

“Joe Biden is Joe,” she said. 

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

Here is a transcript of Nancy Pelosi’s exchange with Ari Melber about former Vice President Joe Biden’s denial that he sexually assaulted Tare Reade:  

Ari Melber: “Before I lose you, and I know you're busy, I did want to play Joe Biden's response.  As viewers may know, he has now publicly addressed this allegation. Let's take a listen.

Joe Biden: “It is not true.  I'm saying unequivocally it never, never happened, and it didn't. It never happened. … 

“I'm asking the Secretary of the Senate today to identify whether any such document exists.  If it does, make it public.”

Melber: “Joe Biden speaking out just days ago on that allegation of a sexual assault. Now that he has given that answer, do you view this as a closed issue or what is your response?”

Nancy Pelosi: “Well, it is for me. I have said I am proud to support Joe Biden for President. I believe him when he says it didn't happen. But I also believe him when he says let them look into the records, and that's what they should do. 

"But I'm not going to answer this question again. 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, about health care for all Americans, about job security, about the kitchen table issues that he is so familiar with in his own family when his father lost his own job. Joe Biden is Joe. And again, he brings those values and his personal experience to a vision for America that is about fairness and not trickle-down economics, but bubble-up from that kitchen table, from working families in our country. 

“And now we hope to have him as still a reflection of meeting the needs of everyone in our country and not trickle-down, or have science and research and science that's dominated by anything other than by the best possible science. And I salute our scientists for what they are doing to free us from this.” 

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