Tara Reade's lawyer drops her as a client

Cheryl Sanders
May 25, 2020

The previous vice chairman and presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee has confronted rising questions on allegations from Tara Reade, a former staffer, that Biden sexually assaulted her again in 1993.

Douglas Wigdor said in a statement the decision to drop Reade came on Wednesday of this week, and that it wasn't a reflection on the veracity of her claims. "Much of what has been written about Ms. Reade is not probative of whether then-Senator Biden sexually assaulted her, but rather is meant to victim-shame and attack her credibility on unrelated and irrelevant matters".

Reade accused Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her while working as a Senate aide in his office.


The Times notes that Wigdor "is leaving as her credibility is coming under harsh scrutiny", including an investigation in California concerning whether or not Reade misrepresented her educational background while serving as an expert witness on domestic violence in court.

Wigdor's firm originally said in a statement that they had taken on Reade as a client because they believed "every survivor has the right to competent counsel". We also believe to a large extent Ms. Reade has been subjected to a double standard in terms of the media coverage she has received. "Much of what has been written about Ms Reade is not probative of whether then-Senator Biden sexually assaulted her, but rather is meant to victim-shame and attack her credibility on unrelated and irrelevant matters", Wigdor said.

"Our firm no longer represents Tara Reade".


Reade also appears to have embellished her role in Biden's office.

Defense lawyers in Monterey County this week began investigating whether Reade committed perjury when she testified under oath that she had a college degree from Antioch, as first reported Friday by The New York Times.

Antioch University, the Sixth District Appellate Program, and another school Reade said she graduated from, the Seattle University School of Law, didn't respond to requests for comment. When Reade offered a different explanation on Thursday evening, saying she had a special arrangement with a former chancellor using a different name, university officials told POLITICO that was not true.


Reade later went to work assisting crime victims.

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