The Senate Records Charade

The Senate Records Charade

On the day of his disastrous interview with Mika Brzezinsky, Joe Biden’s Team tweeted out a copy of the letter to the Secretary of the Senate — purportedly written by their guy – requesting a search of Senate records for any complaint filed by Tara Reade.

Well, today, the Secretary of the Senate responded saying the office has “no discretion to disclose any such information.”  Laws passed by Congress prohibit any public dissemination of Senate records.

“Based on the law’s strict confidentiality requirements (Section 313) and the Senate’s own direction that disclosure of Senate Records is not authorized if prohibited by law [snip] Senate Legal Counsel advises that the Secretary has no discretion to disclose any such information as requested in Vice President Biden’s letter of May 1.”

What a shock.

Joe goes to the one place that, by law, can’t comply with his request.

I can’t be the only one thinking this was intentional.

You don’t think Team Biden knew that requesting Senate records was a legal non-starter? I’m thinking they knew going in that this was going to be the Secretary of the Senate’s response.

It’s easy for Joe Biden to claim that Tara Reade has a right to have her accusation investigated when he (or more likely his Team) knew there was no way to actually investigate her claim.

But they played along with the charade in order to A) feign transparency and B) try (once again) to put the story behind them.

Now Dirty Digit Joe can say, “Drat my luck that those Senate records are off limits.  But at least I tried.”

The news media can now say “Biden has been transparent. He requested the Senate records be searched. There’s nothing more he can do. It’s time to move on.”

Democrats can echo this claim and praise Biden for his transparency which will naturally reaffirm for them their belief in Biden’s denial.

Meanwhile, none of them will press Biden any further on his archives housed at the University of Delaware. Records he could, if he chose, make available for review. No law is barring that. Which is probably why he isn’t offering those archives up to show how transparent he is.

This Senate records dog and pony show was about obfuscation, not transparency.

Lucky for Biden, the Democrats and the news media are more than happy to play along.

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9 thoughts on “The Senate Records Charade

  • May 4, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    It has been reported that team Biden has already accessed the records at the University some time in the past few months. They knew this was coming and already hid everything.

    • May 4, 2020 at 12:51 pm

      I don’t think it was just because of Tara Reade that they did this. I’m sure his shenanigans in Ukraine were also a factor. What I want to know is did they pull a Sandy Berger and stuff them down their pants on the way out?

      • May 4, 2020 at 1:04 pm

        Nah, they probably walked in through the front door dragging a commercial paper shredder behind them. “Nothing to see here!”

  • May 4, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    A suggestion on your image. Instead of “Joe Hidin'” maybe use “Biden Hidin'”? Or would that take up too much room? 🙂

    • May 4, 2020 at 2:11 pm

      I chose it because it rhymes with Joe Biden.

      • May 4, 2020 at 7:54 pm

        Could be “No Hiden”.

  • May 4, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Perhaps a news outlet or the RNC should request a list of all persons (names, dates, hours onsite, etc) from Univ of Delaware of who has accessed the Biden records in the last 18 months. It can’t be that many people !! A Delaware freedom of information request would open that up, right???

  • May 5, 2020 at 12:03 am

    The President of the United States can compel the release of the records as can the Senate itself by a majority vote. This is all theater on all sides.

    • May 5, 2020 at 9:12 am

      They aren’t classified documents. They are protected by law. This isn’t an issue of “declassifying” something. The President can’t unilaterally change the law. He isn’t Barack Obama, you know.

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