Tara Reade: I'll Take a Polygraph, If 'Joe Biden Takes One' -- 'I'm Not a Criminal'

Michael W. Chapman | May 11, 2020 | 10:54am EDT
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Tara Reade and former Vice President Joe Biden.  (Screenshot and Getty Images)
Tara Reade and former Vice President Joe Biden. (Screenshot and Getty Images)

During an interview with journalist and lawyer Megyn Kelly, Tara Reade, who has accused Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993, said she would take a polygraph provided Biden took one as well. 

Reade stressed that she is not a criminal and should not be presumed guilty. 

Reade worked as a staff assistant in Biden's senatorial office from December 1992 through August 1993. She claims that Biden sexually assaulted her -- pushed her against a wall and digitally penetrated her -- in a hallway of the Senate Russell Office Building in 1993.

Reade told several family members and friends in the 1990s about what happened, all of whom confirmed that Reade told them what happened with Biden to one degree or another. 

On May 1, 2020, Biden said of the alleged incident on MSNBC's Morning Joe, "It is not true. I'm saying unequivocally, it never, never happened, and it didn't. Never happened."

Former Vice President Joe Biden.  (Getty Images)
Former Vice President Joe Biden. (Getty Images)

During the May 7 interview, Megyn Kelly asked Reade, “If I could just go back one second to Blasey Ford. Some of those who supported her but now have found a reason to not support you say, well, she was under oath.  Would you go under oath?”

Reade answered, "Absolutely."

Kelly then said, "They say, well, she subjected herself to cross-examination.  Would you do that?"

Reade replied, "Absolutely"

Kelly then asked,  "They also point out that she took a polygraph by someone on her team. Is that something you want to do?"

Reade answered,  “I’m not a criminal. Joe Biden should take the polygraph. What kind of precedent does that set for survivors of violence? Does that mean we’re presumed guilty and we all have to take polygraphs?"

"So, I will take one if Joe Biden takes one," said Reade. "But I’m not a criminal.”

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