Biden Accuser Tara Reade May Face Charges For Giving False Testimony
According to Politico, the Monterey County District Attorney’s office launched an investigation into whether Tara Reade “lied on the witness stand while acting as an expert witness.”
Reade, under the name Alexandra McCabe, testified for years as an expert in domestic violence cases for the California DA’s office.
Among the issues is whether Reade – who recently accused Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993 while she worked as his aide in the Senate office – lied about her credentials to qualify as an expert, Politico wrote.
The office is in the process of trying to determine in how many cases Reade testified as an expert.
“We have no database or search engine to use to determine in how many cases she testified,” said Monterey County Chief Assistant District Attorney Berkley Brannon. “However, that effort is ongoing.”
Recent news reports have raised questions about her credibility, “including whether she falsely claimed to have completed her bachelor’s degree, gave false testimony about taking the bar exam and exaggerated her job duties in Biden’s office.”
Last week, the school where Reade testified to completing a bachelor’s degree, Antioch University in Seattle, confirmed to Politico that Reade only attended three academic quarters and never graduated.
Politico wrote that defense lawyers are calling on the Monterey prosecutor’s office to subpoena Reade’s academic records and determine whether her other credentials are valid.
“We’re going to try to subpoena records and use every avenue available to us,” said Roland Soltesz, a defense lawyer who questioned Reade in the attempted murder trial of Jennifer Vasquez and Victoria Ramirez.
Soltesz stated that if Reade’s testimony about earning an undergraduate degree is false, then that “would have undermined Reade’s status as an expert witness,” wrote Politico.
“She testified under oath that she never took the bar exam. She’s got a personal blog out there saying she failed the bar twice. Maybe she made that up,” Soltesz continued. “She didn’t want to tell the truth that she didn’t pass the bar because that would diminish her credibility as an expert.”
- Patrick McKenna, executive director of the Sixth District Appellate Program, stated that his office will be doing its own review of cases in which Reade testified as an expert, “determining whether defense attorneys could challenge their clients’ convictions,” Politico reported.
“The significance for me is she was qualified as an expert based partially on her educational background as well as her career,” McKenna said. “If those things were not true, then she may not have qualified as an expert, or, had the defense attorneys known about these things, they could have asked her about these things in court. It would go directly toward her credibility.”