ALEXANDRA JAFFE and BILL BARROW
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday emphatically denied allegations from a former Senate staffer that he sexually assaulted her in the early 1990s, declaring flatly that "this never happened."
Biden's first public remarks on the accusation by a former employee, Tara Reade, come at a critical moment for the presumptive Democratic nominee as he tries to relieve mounting pressure after weeks of leaving denials to his campaign.
"I'm saying unequivocally, it never, never happened," the former vice president and senator said in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
Biden said he will ask the National Archives to determine whether there is any record of a complaint being filed, as Reade has claimed. Late