During a press conference in Russia on Tuesday, Tara Reade — who has accused then-Sen. Joe Biden of molesting her in 1993 — announced that she had left the United States ahead of scheduled testimony after a congressman reportedly told her that he was “worried” about her “physical safety.”
I was interviewed by @TuckerCarlson and he treated me with kindness as I spoke about that very rough experience of sexual assault by Joe Biden when I worked for him in the Senate. I hope there is an investigation into Joe Biden by Congress for what he did to me and to all of us. https://t.co/BXGNf4cB3p
— Tara Reade 🐎 (@ReadeAlexandra) December 13, 2022
Reade was interviewed in the press conference by Sputnik with convicted Kremlin spy Maria Butina seated next to her. Citing her accusations against Biden, Reade discussed her concerns about imprisonment or death for speaking out about her story.
“I just didn’t want to walk home and walk into a cage or be killed, which is basically my two choices,” the former aide said, adding that her decision to move was not hasty, but rather “was very difficult. I’m not an impulsive person. I really take my time and sort of analyze data points.”
This comes after Reade previously expressed that she was “not suicidal” in a tweet in early May, adding: “I should not be under investigation nor am I a foreign agent.”
In the same tweet, she also insisted that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI were using tactics to try to intimidate, bully and silence her.
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.
I am not suicidal. I should not be under investigation nor am I a foreign…
— Tara Reade 🐎 (@ReadeAlexandra) May 7, 2023
Reade was previously invited to give testimony in Congress by Reps. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
During her press conference, she reflected on the motivations behind her decision to move to Russia — and how even members of congress expressed concern about her safety for blowing the whistle on Biden.
“One of the cases I will be testifying is about how the DOJ and the FBI has [been] weaponized by the Biden administration against its own citizens,” Reade said. “So, he said, Tara, you know, I’m worried about your physical safety in the United States. As a U.S. citizen, to hear a U.S. congressman basically say they couldn’t protect me in a whistleblower case is stunning. And it makes me angry.”
“And from what I could see based on the cases and based on what was happening and sort of the push for them to not want me to testify,” she continued. “I felt that while [the 2024] election is gearing up and there’s so much at stake, I’m almost better off here and just being safe. My dream is to live in both places, but it may be that I only live in this place and that’s OK.”
Reade went on to say that she felt safe and protected now that she left the United States for Russia.
“I’m still kind of in a daze a bit but I feel very good. I feel very surrounded by protection and safety,” she said of being in Russia. “And I just really so appreciate Maria and everyone who’s been giving me that at a time when it’s been very difficult to know if I’m safe or not.”
“When I got off the plane in Moscow, for the first time in a very long time I felt safe, and I felt heard, and I felt respected. That has not happened in my own country,” Reade explained.
The news that Reade was so concerned for her safety that she left the country come after other news of the Biden administration retaliating against whistleblowers, some of whom have testified before Congress about the punishment they received for speaking out.
— Tara Reade 🐎 (@ReadeAlexandra) May 30, 2023