This morning, presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden was interviewed on MSNBC about the claims that he sexually assaulted Tara Reade during his senate tenure in the '90s.
Joe Biden, asked on @Morning_Joe if he sexually assaulted Tara Reade: “No, it is not true. I’m saying unequivocall… https://t.co/CeWIpP2qk9— MSNBC (@MSNBC) 1588335370.0
At the University of Delaware, a collection of Joe Biden's Senate papers are currently being curated. Some believe, according to CNN, that the papers could contain information relevant to the 1993 assault claim. However, Biden has said those files contain no personal reports and that those would be in the National Archives, which he as called on to release any complaint filed by Reade.
But if Biden wants people to truly believe he did not assault Reade, any files left without being made public are going to go a long way in invalidating his claim that it didn't happen.
During the 2016 election, Hilary Clinton's deletion of 33,000 personal emails made waves through the debates and general elections. The debacle painted her as an untrustworthy person and someone that puts their own interests above those of national security.
For Biden, having papers from that time period that are not released could have the same effect, causing the American people to ask what he is hiding from them and why he or the University of Delaware would delay their release.
In an era where the Trump administration has been involved in numerous controversies and in the wake of Hilary Clinton's email scandal, any appearance of a coverup could seriously mar Biden's campaign for president
If Biden wants to get ahead of this, the best thing he can do is release the papers — and if he decides not to, it could cost him one of the most important elections in American history.