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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.”

The current chairman of the board at the University of Delaware, John Cochran, is a longtime Biden donor and former CEO of MBNA.

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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).”

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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.”

Tara Reade came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden back in March.

Now, two more sources have come forward to further corroborate Reade’s claims, including Reade’s former neighbor, according to Business Insider.

One source is Lynda LaCasse, who lived next door to Reade in the 90’s spoke with Insider, “This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it.”

The second source is Lorraine Sanchez, who worked alongside Reade in the office of a California state senator in the mid 90’s. Sanchez recalled Reade complaining that her old boss in Washington sexually harassed her, and noted that she was fired for raising concerns.

Reade said that in the spring or summer of 1993 she was told to deliver a duffel bag to Biden. She explained that it was then that Biden pushed her against a wall, reached under her skirt, and penetrated her with his fingers. When she resisted his advances, Reade said, Biden expressed annoyance and said, “Aw man, I heard you liked me.” Then, she said, he pointed a finger at her and said, “You’re nothing to me.” After that, she said, he shook her by the shoulders and said, “You’re OK, you’re fine,” before walking away.

Reade recalls that even before the assault she had complained to her superiors about Biden and the way he looked at her and touched her.

After the alleged assault she was suddenly relieved of her duties.

Biden’s campaign vehemently denies the claims saying, “Women have a right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims,” Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s communications director said in a statement earlier this month. “We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false.”

LaCasse said “She was crying,” she said. “She was upset. And the more she talked about it, the more she started crying. I remember saying that she needed to file a police report.”

“I don’t remember all the details,” LaCasse said. “I remember the skirt. I remember the fingers. I remember she was devastated.”

“We were talking about violent stories,” LaCasse said, “because I had a violent situation. We just started talking about things and she just told me about the senator that she had worked for and he put his hand up her skirt.”

“I have to support her just because that’s what happened,” LaCasse said. “We need to stand up and tell the truth.”

“I personally am a Democrat, a very strong Democrat,” she said. “And I’m for Biden, regardless. But still I have to come out and say this.”

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LaCasse is the first person to independently corroborate, in detail and on the record, that Reade had told others about her assault allegations contemporaneously. Reade’s brother Collin Moulton previously told Insider that he recalled his sister saying that Biden “had his hand under her clothes at some point.”

In a series of interviews with Insider over the past week, LaCasse said she decided to speak up now, at a time when Reade’s story is under intense scrutiny in the media and facing denials from the Biden campaign, because she believed Reade’s account when she first heard it.

LaCasse, 60, is a retired former medical staff coordinator and emergency-room clerk for San Luis Obispo General Hospital. She lived next door to Reade in 1995 and 1996 in an apartment complex near the beach in Morro Bay, California, a seaside community between Santa Barbara and Monterey. She told Insider that she and Reade shared a bond because they were both mothers, and their young daughters swam together in the apartment complex’s indoor pool.

Insider has verified, through publicly available records, that Reade and LaCasse were neighbors at a Morro Bay apartment complex in 1995. A review of LaCasse’s social-media presence shows a long history of anti-Trump sentiments. She has written approvingly of both Biden and his Democratic rival Bernie Sanders on Twitter. In March, she shared a link on Facebook to a story detailing Reade’s allegations, with the message, “This is my good friend Tara Reade, who was assaulted by Joe Biden in 1993.”