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Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer who has accused Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993, called on the presumptive Democratic nominee to "step forward and be held accountable" in an excerpt of an interview with Megyn Kelly.

Why it matters: This is Reade's first on-camera interview since Biden unequivocally denied the allegations on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" last week. Top Democrats have since said they stand behind Biden.

What she's saying: "You and I were there, Joe Biden. Please step forward and be held accountable. You should not be running on character for the president of the United States."

  • "His campaign is taking this position that they want all women to speak safely. I have not experienced that."
  • "It’s been stunning, actually, how some of his surrogates, with the blue checks, have been saying really horrible things about me and to me on social media. He hasn’t himself but there’s a measure of hypocrisy."
  • "All my social media's been hacked. All my personal information's been dragged through. Every person that maybe has a gripe against me — an ex-boyfriend, an ex-landlord, whatever it is — has been able to have a platform except me, talking about things that have nothing to do with 1993."

Asked whether Biden should drop out, Reade told Kelly: "I wish he would. But he won't. But I wish he would. That's how I feel emotionally." She added that it's "a little late" for an apology.

  • In a second excerpt from the interview, Reade said she would "absolutely" testify under oath and be cross-examined, and that she would be willing to take a polygraph test if Biden did as well.

The big picture: Biden has asked the secretary of the Senate to release any documents pertaining to an alleged sexual harassment complaint that Reade says she filed in 1993. The office said it had been advised by the Senate's legal counsel that it "has no discretion to disclose" any information pertaining to Reade because of confidentiality requirements under federal law.

  • Reade is now represented by Wigdor LLP, a New York law firm. "It is inevitable that partisan politics will lead people to attack our firm and Mr. Wigdor specifically, particularly given his support of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign," the firm wrote in a release.

Go deeper ... Timeline: Tara Reade's sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to note that this is Reade's first on-camera interview since Biden's public denial on May 1. She previously did an on-camera interview with Hill.tv on March 26.

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Trump campaign to flood the web with ads during Democratic convention

President Trump speaking in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Aug. 14. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

The Trump campaign will launch a four-day digital advertising push during the Democratic National Convention, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: "It’s an attempt to be as digitally ubiquitous as possible during a nearly all-digital convention, and the Trump campaign will be tailoring its message to a direct attack on the Democratic platform as a far-left manifestation of a Republican’s worst fears," the Times writes.

Biden and Harris sign documents to receive Democratic nomination

Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris on Friday signed the required documents to receive the Democratic nomination for president and vice president at next week's convention.

Why it matters: The pair is officially one step closer to becoming the ticket to take on President Trump and Vice President Pence.

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Robot umpires inch closer to calling MLB games

The Automated Ball-Strike system (ABS), the tech powering what's colloquially known as robo-umps, is inching ever closer to the big leagues.

Driving the news: The independent Atlantic League — which has partnered with MLB since 2019 — last week announced it was doing away with robo-umps after testing them for the past season-and-a-half.