"I recognize my responsibility to be a voice, an advocate and a leader of the culture change that started, but it is far from over," said Biden wrote in an average post. “So, I want to address the allegations of a former employee who committed a misconduct 27 years ago. They are not true. This never happened.
He was expected to be interviewed on the subject on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" late Friday morning.
In question is a claim from a former aide in his Senate cabinet, Tara Reade, who said that Biden assaulted her in 1993, when he was a Delaware senator. Her campaign said her account was a fake, but Biden, who has participated in virtual fundraising and interviews on local television in the past few days, had not raised the issue on his own or faced public questions about the matter.
There are growing calls for Biden to release his Senate documents, made at the University of Delaware. In the Medium post, Biden said that these documents "do not contain personal files". Instead, he asked the National Archives to disclose any existing complaints.
"There is only one place that such a complaint can be – the National Archives," he wrote. “The National Archives is where the records are kept in what was then called the Office of Fair Employment Practices. I ask the Senate Secretary to ask the Archives to identify any record of the complaint that she claims to have filed and make any such document available to the press. If there were any complaints, the record will be there. "
The declaration emerges as a series of defenders of women's rights
While Biden remained quiet until Friday on the issue, several prominent Democrats were pressured about the issue and sided with Biden, even when Republicans and some left-wing activists were strongly critical.
"I want to remove all doubt from anyone's mind: I have a great level of comfort with the situation as I see it, with all the respect in the world for any woman who presents, with the highest respect for Joe Biden" Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday.
"There is a lot of excitement about the idea that women will be heard and heard," she said, expressing "total respect" for the #MeToo movement. "There is also due process and the fact that Joe Biden is Joe Biden."
Some of Biden's possible running buddies, including Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Kamala Harris of California and Stacey Abrams, a former minority leader at Georgia House, also expressed support for Biden, highlighting his work, for example, on the Violence Against Women Act.
Some Republicans have attempted to paint Democrats as hypocrites, suggesting that they are maintaining Reade's claim to a different standard than that used for sexual assault charges against Brett M. Kavanaugh during his 2018 Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
"I think he should respond," President Trump said of Biden on Thursday, when his campaign this week signaled that it intended to make the allegation a campaign problem. "It could be false accusations."
At a fundraiser on Wednesday, Biden was asked about fighting sexual assault in the armed forces.
"Ignoring sexual attacks in the ranks goes against everything the military itself represents," he said. “It erodes the unit's confidence. It endangers everyone in the unit. Literally, it's a matter of life and death if you can't trust the person next to you, if their back is turned. "
He detailed his own story of the main efforts to combat sexual violence. But he did not address the claim he is facing now.