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April 24, 2020

Whoa: Tara Reade's Mother Called the Larry King Show In the 90s and Spoke About "Problems" Her Daughter Was Having With Her Boss

Proof of contemporaneous complaints.

In interviews with The Intercept, Reade also mentioned that her mother had made a phone call to "Larry King Live" on CNN, during which she made reference to her daughter's experience on Capitol Hill...

Reade couldn’t remember the date or the year of the phone call, and King didn't include the names of callers on his show. I was unable to find the call, but mentioned it in an interview with Katie Halper, the podcast host who first aired Reade’s allegation. After the podcast aired, a listener managed to find the call and sent it to The Intercept.

...

Here is the transcript of the beginning of the call:

KING: San Luis Obispo, California, hello.

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 problems 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.

...

There are several notable things about the emergence of the call. On the one hand, the caller does not specifically mention "sexual harassment" or retaliation, as Reade had recalled. On the other hand, the reference to being unable to "get through with her problems" aligns with Reade’s claim that she complained to superiors in Biden's office and got nowhere, and the reference to going to the press makes clear that the caller is talking about more than just generic problems at the office. The problems, she makes clear, would damage the senator if exposed.

This is a ton more than Christine Blowsey Ford ever produced.

How great is it that CNN has the recording of the call?

Odds that CNN will ever find the recording? Zero.

They'll send it along to Hillary and Christopher Steele to be wiped.

Grappling: The media has coordinated to produce a unified response to questions as to why they're not reporting on this story: They're too busy "grappling" with the story to cover it.


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