Biden accuser Tara Reade moves to Russia, will seek citizenship

The Russian media largely welcomed Reade.

Published: May 31, 2023 5:34pm

Tara Reade, a former congressional staffer who has accused President Joe Biden of sexual assault, has moved to Russia and will seek citizenship in that country.

Reade confirmed her relocation at a Tuesday press conference, saying she made the move to "find safety." The former staffer rose to notoriety during the 2020 presidential election, claiming then-Sen. Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993. Biden has denied her allegations.

"I’m going to make a request, and it is a large one. I’d like to apply for citizenship in Russia from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin," she said.

Earlier this month, Reade appeared to suggest that she feared the prospect of retaliation from the Biden administration, saying "I want to make something clear. If something happens to me, all roads lead to Joe Biden. Joe Biden and DNC political machine threats, bullying and intimidation over the last three years will not work."

The White House on Wednesday declined to address Reade's actions in detail, with National Security Council spokesman John Kirby saying "[w]e’d be loathe to comment on the musings of a potential Russian citizen." Kirby did, however, assert that there was no evidence Reade was part of Kremlin influence operation.

The Russian media largely welcomed Reade, with Sputnik News hosting her press conference while fellow state media outlet RT posted an image of Reade being greeted by a friendly Russian man with Moscow in the backdrop.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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