Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Newt Gingrich wonders if Joe Biden had memory lapse about Hunter's foreign business deals

by Daniel Chaitin
October 15, 2019 
06:30 PM

Newt Gingrich raised concerns about Joe Biden possibly experiencing memory lapses.

During an interview on Tuesday, the former House speaker said during a Tuesday interview a memory slip may explain why the former vice president appeared to be unfamiliar with his son Hunter's overseas business dealings that have led to a "mess" for the elder Biden and his campaign for president.

"You have a very unusual circumstance where Vice President Biden has said he didn't know his son was on the board — was making money out of Ukraine. His son has said in different interviews, 'Oh, yeah, I told him that I was getting paid in Ukraine,'" Gingrich said on Fox News.

"Now, again, given Joe Biden's memory, it's possible he just didn't remember it," Gingrich said, before adding, "But, if one of my children was making $600,000 a year, I'd probably notice it."

Gingrich, a vocal Trump defender, isn't the first to express concern about the mental state of Biden, who is 76. For instance, Fox News' Brit Hume speculated in September that Biden's string of blunders may be a sign of "senility."

President Trump's cognitive state has also come under scrutiny by mental health experts and critics.

Hunter Biden, 49, earned $50,000 a month to serve on the board of Burisma Holdings, a natural gas firm owned by a Ukrainian oligarch, from 2014 to 2019. As his role at Burisma has become a subject of an impeachment inquiry and fodder for Trump and his allies to allege corruption by his father in dealing with Ukraine, Biden told ABC News that it was "poor judgment" to join the board. But, he stressed, "I did nothing wrong at all."

The father and son have given conflicting accounts about what they discussed. Joe Biden said in September that he "never" spoke to his son about any of his overseas business deals. But Hunter Biden claims he and his father discusses his business in Ukraine "just once."

Hunter Biden announced this week he would be stepping down from the board of his Chinese-backed firm, which prompted more accusations of corruption and nepotism, and vowed not to engage in any business overseas if his father wins the presidency in 2020.

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