In our news wrap Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Joe Biden -- the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee -- against an allegation of sexual assault. Pelosi, who has endorsed Biden, said she's satisfied with his response to the claim. Also, President Trump voiced support for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, saying Flynn had been set up by “dirty cops.”
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In the day's other news: The nation's top elected Democrat defended Joe Biden, the party's presumptive presidential nominee, against an allegation of sexual assault.
A former staffer says that Biden attacked her in the mid-1990s, when he was a U.S. senator. His Democratic presidential campaign has strongly denied it.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorsed him on Monday and said today she is satisfied with his response.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.:
There's been statements from his campaign — or not his campaign, but his former employees who ran his offices and the rest, that there was never any record of this. There was never any record, and that nobody ever came forward or that nobody came forward to say something about it, apart from the principal involved.
President Trump, who has faced and denied multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, wouldn't say if he believes the allegations against Biden. He did say that he thinks Biden should respond.
The president also said today that he would consider having Michael Flynn back in his administration. He said his former national security adviser was tormented by — quote — "Dirty cops." And he cited internal FBI records. Defense lawyers claim the documents show that Flynn was set up during the Russia investigation.
He pled guilty to lying to the FBI, but is seeking to withdraw the plea.
Reports of sexual assaults in the military are still rising, but not by nearly as much. The Pentagon's annual review finds reports were up 3 percent last year to just over 7,800. A year earlier, the increase was 13 percent.
And Britain paid tribute today to Captain Tom Moore on his 100th birthday for raising $37 million for the National Health Service during the pandemic. The World War II veteran earned financial pledges by doing laps around his garden.
Today, vintage warplanes did flybys, as Moore celebrated his centennial with family and cake. He said there's more to be done.
Captain Tom Moore:
I'm delighted that we have got so much money for such a good cause, because, at the moment, that cause is still necessary. They haven't finished. They're still working their socks off, aren't they, for all these poor ill people?
Moore's fund-raising feat has also earned him a place in the "Guinness Book of World Records" for most money raised by one person walking.
We celebrate you, Captain Tom.