Sanders mocks NY Times urging DNC to investigate Biden allegations: ‘I thought it was an Onion headline’
Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders mocked The New York Times on Monday over its proposal to have the Democratic National Committee (DNC) lead an investigation of a sexual assault allegation against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
“The idea that the DNC should take the lead on an investigation against one of its own candidates is laughable,” Sanders, a Fox News contributor, told “Fox & Friends.”
“I thought it was an Onion headline, not a New York Times headline. They should be embarrassed for themselves for even suggesting that idea,” she said.
The DNC itself blasted the Times for what it called “an absurd suggestion.”
“This is an absurd suggestion on its face. Regardless of whether it’s the job of DNC to do this kind of thing, it’s already been done,” said DNC spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa.
“Joe Biden has been clear in responding to this allegation, he went through a thorough vetting process to be Obama’s vice president in 2008 [which is a vetting process like no other] and lawyers and the press found nothing, and he has asked for transparency by requesting that all relevant documents be released if they exist,” she added on Saturday.
Tara Reade alleged in March that the former vice president sexually assaulted her in a corridor on Capitol Hill while she worked for him as a staffer in 1993. Biden has denied the allegations, saying it never happened.
The Times editorial board called on the DNC to investigate.
“His campaign, and his party, have a duty to assure the public that the accusations are being taken seriously,” the board wrote in an editorial published Friday evening. “The Democratic National Committee should move to investigate the matter swiftly and thoroughly, with the full cooperation of the Biden campaign.”
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