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WATCH: Biden gaffes with tons of awkward pauses

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By Jenny Goldsberry

President Biden struggled during NATO summit press conference Monday, forgetting a reporter’s question in the most awkward way. Then on Tuesday during the U.S. E.U. summit, he gaffed again. Even the president said “I’m going to get into trouble for this.”

CNN’s Jeff Zelny asked Biden if he still thought Russian President Vladimir Putin is a killer, as he previously said. Biden responded by laughing.

“I’m laughing too. They actually–Well look, he has made clear,” Biden began. What followed was seven seconds of awkward pause. “The answer is–I believe he has in the past essentially acknowledged that he was uh–there were certain things that he did do or would do.”

Meanwhile, Zelny had asked two questions. But Biden couldn’t remember the second question after his gaffe.

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) brought attention to the gaffe on Twitter. Biggs called the president “blatantly impaired.”

Gaffes kept coming. The very next day Biden gaffed during the U.S. E.U. summit because he got distracted.

“And uh, I’ve said before and I apologize for the–Oh, I didn’t–Jake Sullivan from the State Department our National Security advisor,” Biden gestured toward Sullivan in the room. “I’m leaving out a lot of people here I apologize. I’m going to get in trouble. But, anyway, we’ll get back to that. But um we um uh you know there’s a lot that–that is–it’s happening.”

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Top CA Democratic Party Leader Resigns Amid Corruption Probe

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A growing corruption probe has overtaken the Orange County Democratic Party in California. Longtime leader of the party, Melahat Rafiei, resigned Sunday night from her position as secretary of the California Democratic Party and state representative to the Democratic National Committee.

Fox LA reports she made the announcement Sunday in a letter posted on social media. “Rafiei said she was a confidential witness in the FBI probe of the proposed sale of Angel Stadium and that she resigned from her post, saying the controversy over her role had become a hindrance.”

Voice of OC reports:

According to an affidavit from FBI special agent Brian Adkins, Rafiei was arrested on attempted bribery after federal agents allege she told a cannabis company that hired her she planned on bribing two Irvine City Councilmembers in exchange for favorable legislation in the city. 

“CW1 began to devise a scheme whereby CW1 would solicit money from CHS1 and CHS2 with the intention of paying bribes to two elected members of the Irvine City Council in exchange for the Council Members performing official acts, resulting in the passage of favorable cannabis laws,” states the affidavit. 

Rafiei had been under scrutiny and pressured to quit after reports surfaced that she had been arrested by the FBI in 2019 for an alleged bribery scheme. Rafiei has not been charged.

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