Christine Flowers wrote a recent column which concerned the inconsistencies of the #MeToo movement. She made several misrepresentations which need to be corrected. Flowers states that a call was made in 1993, by Tara Reade’s mother to Larry King Live. By the way, the caller was unidentified at the time, and only identified by Reade as her mother a week ago in an interview. Furthermore, Flowers says the mother talked about a sexual assault. There was no talk of a sexual assault. What follows is the exact transcript of the call.  

Caller: “Yes, hello. I’m wondering what a staffer would do besides go to the press in Washington?  My daughter has just left there, after working for a prominent senator, and could not get through with her problem at all, and the only thing she could have done was go to the press and she chose not to do it out of respect for him.”

King: “In other words, she had a story to tell but out of respect for the person she worked for, she didn’t tell it?”

Caller: “That’s true.”

After that exchange, Larry King did not inquire further and moved on.

Reade says she reported the incident to her supervisor and Biden’s senior staff at the time and was fired as a result. Not one staffer at the time of the alleged incident backs up Reade’s account. Marianne Baker, Biden’s executive assistant at the time says this: “In all my years working for Senator Biden, I never once witnessed, or heard of, or received, any reports of inappropriate conduct. ...  I have absolutely no knowledge or memory of Ms. Reade’s accounting of events, which would have left a searing impression on me as a woman professional, and as a manager.”

Furthermore, Reade claims she filed a complaint with the Senate Personnel Office at the time. Biden on Friday called on the National Archives to release any papers on file with the Office of Fair Employment Practices that would corroborate her claim. Although she kept records of her employment, she states that she kept no record of this complaint. Odd, don’t you think?

One thing I do know, however. Presently, we have a President who has been accused by 23 women of various forms of sexual assault including rape. Not only that, he says he has done the very things he’s accused of. So, if you voted for Trump, please spare me your outrage.

Lorna Westlake

Austinburg

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