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Obama team fully vetted Biden in 2008

Obama team fully vetted Biden in 2008 and found no hint of former aide's allegation


When it became clear that Barack Obama would be the nominee of the Democratic Party in the spring of 2008, he commissioned a team of lawyers to begin an in-depth vetting process of potential candidates for vice president.


Dozens of women and men under consideration were reviewed. Those who rose on the list of contenders were subject to a deep-dive investigation of their strengths, vulnerabilities and, of course, any disqualifying defects.
At the top of the list of those contenders was Senator Joseph R. Biden of Delaware.
The comprehensive vet certainly would have turned up any formal complaints filed against Biden during his 36-year career in the Senate. It did not. The team would have investigated any salacious rumors of the sort that travel far and wide in Washington. There were none.
While I was not on the vetting team, as senior strategist to the campaign, I was briefed on their work and potential problems.
Through that entire process, the name Tara Reade never came up. No formal complaint. No informal chatter. Certainly, no intimation of sexual harassment or assault from her or anyone else.
The team of investigators, expert in their work, would not have missed it.


Reade did not surface her allegations of a criminal sexual assault when Biden was a candidate for president in 2008, nor did she offer them confidentially to the Obama vetting team when Biden emerged as a principal contender for vice president later that year.
Had any credible issue been raised, you can be sure Biden would not have been the nominee. Obama would not have tolerated it, even if he and Biden were close then, which they were not.
Their friendship grew only after Biden joined the ticket and through their eight-year partnership in the White House. At that time, they were distant Senate colleagues and most recently rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Our society is just now confronting a long, sordid history of disregarding accusations and silencing women who were sexually abused or assaulted. Women who come forward deserve to be taken seriously and treated with respect, and Tara Reade's story should be heard and thoroughly investigated.
But it is striking that when an experienced vetting team put Biden under a microscope before he was chosen to be second-in-line for the presidency, neither her allegations, nor anything resembling them in Biden's history, showed up.

Obama team fully vetted Biden in 2008 and found no hint of former aide's allegation


This is one of the advantages of a President/Presidential candidate actually vetting their staff/team/running mate.  Unlike what we see with the trump administration. 

"FAKE 45 #illegitimate" read a sign at the Woman's March in DC, 1/27/2017
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Do I believe this 27 year old allegation becoming public just before the 2020 election is nothing more than a coincidence? Of course it is.


Do I believe Trump Supporters are paying her to make this allegation? Of course not, Trump supporters are much too honest to do something like that.

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Obama team fully vetted Biden in 2008


Reade claims Biden assaulted her in 1993.


Can she be more specific, the time and date for example?


Can she tell us what the weather was like that day?


Seems like should should be able to remember those details.


She says she filed a complaint, what was the date she did that?


She doesn't have a copy of the complaint, OK,  who did she file the complaint with?


Lots of details missing in the account, details that could allow Biden to refute her claims.



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The video - one of IMPOTUS's campaign ads? 🤣



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Remember when the White House actually vetted their appointees, cabinet and others?

"FAKE 45 #illegitimate" read a sign at the Woman's March in DC, 1/27/2017
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