The New York Times editorial board today called for an investigation by the DNC into the sexual assault allegations against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden.
“The Democratic National Committee should move to investigate the matter swiftly and thoroughly, with the full cooperation of the Biden campaign,” the editorial board wrote.
This comes just one day after Vice President Biden’s interview with MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski in which he plead his innocence. Brzezinski also suggested that an exhaustive investigation by the Times, itself, was unable to corroborate Tara Reade’s account.
Even so, the Times writes that, when it comes to Reade’s claim, “Some bits of evidence lend credence…others prompt skepticism.”
Among many others, the Times was one of the most outspoken editorial boards in support of an investigation into soon-to-be Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual misconduct in 2018. Referencing this reality and appearing to dodge a claim of partisan bias, the Times editorial argues that “Mr. Biden’s pursuit of the presidency requires no less.”
Not everyone believes a full investigation is necessary, however. David Axelrod, the former chief strategist for Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, tweeted late last night that the Obama campaign fully investigated Biden and “sexual assault or harassment never came up”.
As of this writing, the DNC has not responded to the Times‘ call for an investigation.