🚨 POLL: Should Biden’s Senate Records Be Released?
Not only are a number of top officials on the board of the University of Delaware refusing to release Joe Biden’s Senate records despite an earlier promise to do so, but they also evidently, have very close personal tied to the former Vice President, according to Fox News.
The chairman of the board even purchased Biden’s house in 1996 for $1.2 million.
Documents suggest a significant conflict of interest as Biden is facing mounting pressure to renounce the documents that could contain pertinent information relevant to Tara Reade’s accusations of sexual assault.
Biden dropped off 1,875 boxes of “photographs, documents, videotapes, and files” and 415 gigabytes of electronic records to the University of Delaware in 2012.
The University said that the documents would be “available to the public two years after Biden’s last day in elected public office.”
Suddenly, just hours before Biden announced his current presidential bid, the university changed its mind, and said the papers wouldn’t be released until either December 31, 2019 or until two years after Biden “retires from public life,” whichever would come later.
The University of Delaware’s charter states that the Board of Trustees has “entire control and management of the affairs of the university,” and notes that no university bylaws “shall diminish or reduce the Board’s plenary authority over all matters related to the control and management of the affairs of the University.”
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This week, both The Atlantic and The Washington Post argued that Biden should instruct the university to turn over the records, saying they “could contain confirmation of any complaint Ms. Reade made, either through official congressional channels or to the three other employees she claims she informed not specifically of the alleged assault but more generally of harassment.”
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The current chairman of the board at the University of Delaware, John Cochran, is a longtime Biden donor and former CEO of MBNA.
In a January 1998 article entitled “The Senator from MBNA,” columnist Byron York recounted how Cochran, then MBNA’s vice chairman, paid “top dollar” for Biden’s home in February 1996, just prior to his Senate re-election bid, and that “MBNA gave Cochran a lot of money—$330,000—to help with ‘expenses’ related to the move.”
The $1.2M sale was a “pretty darned good deal for Biden,” York wrote, noting that “Cochran simply paid Biden’s full asking price” even though the “house needed quite a bit of work; contractors and their trucks descended on the house for months after the purchase.”
York noted that nearby houses were selling below their appraised value at the time. “It is customary for appraisers to evaluate homes in relation to similar properties in the area, or ‘comparables,”’ York wrote. “In the case of Biden’s house, the appraiser compared the home to another large old house about a quarter of a mile away. That house—which was in similar condition—was judged to be worth $1,013,000. It sold in August 1995 for $800,000 (it should be noted that the house did not have a pool, which Biden’s does; on the other hand the house had central air conditioning, which Biden’s did not, and it was on a larger lot).”
The appraiser also “looked at two other newer houses in the area,” York continued. “One was appraised at $1,230,000 and sold for $1,007,500. The other was appraised at $1,163,000 and sold for an even $1 million. In all three cases, the homes sold for a good deal less than their appraised value.”