(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she has “great comfort level with the situation” regarding the sexual assault allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden by former staffer Tara Reade in 1993.
"He is the personification of hope and optimism and authenticity for our country," Pelosi said, "a person of great values. So, I want to remove all doubt in anyone’s mind. I have great comfort level with the situation."
Pelosi, who recently endorsed Biden for the Democratic nomination for president, said she has “the highest regard for him” while having “all the respect in the world for any woman who comes forward.
During her Capitol Hill press conference, Pelosi was asked how Democrats stand by Biden but use a different standard when it came to the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Pelosi told the reporter that while she respected her question, she didn't need "a lecture or a speech."
The speaker pointed to “statements” by Biden’s former employees that ran his offices” that “there was never any record” of anyone coming forward “to say something about it apart from the principal involved.”
Let me just say I respect your question, and I don’t need a lecture or a speech. Here’s the thing. I have complete respect for the Me Too movement. I have four daughters and one son and there’s a lot of excitement around the idea that women will be heard and be listened to. There’s also due process, and the fact that Joe Biden is Joe Biden.
There’s been statements from his campaign, not his campaign, but his former employees that ran his offices and the rest that there was never any record and that nobody ever came forward or nobody ever came forward to say something about it apart from the principal involved.
I am so proud. The happiest day for me this week was to support Joe Biden for president of the United States. He’s a person of great integrity, of great concern for the American people.
He authored the Violence Against Women Act when he was the chair of the Judiciary Committee in the 90s. He has been an advocate for funding it along since then, and I believe that he will be a great president of the United States.
He is the personification of hope and optimism and authenticity for our country, a person of great values, so I want to remove all doubt in anyone’s mind. I have great comfort level with the situation as I see it with all the respect in the world for any woman who comes forward with all the highest regard for Joe Biden, and that’s what I have to say about that.