Gaetz’s DUI Arrest Raised At Impeachment Hearing After He Attacks Hunter Biden
Rep. Matt Gaetz thought it wise to raise the matter of Hunter Biden’s struggles with drug addiction during the House Judiciary Committee hearing on articles of impeachment on Thursday — but the Florida Republican’s plan backfired when his own DUI arrest was mentioned.
After Gaetz brought up substance abuse issues related to former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) took the stage and suggested that "the pot calling the kettle black is not something we should do.”
“I don’t know what members, if any, have had any problems with substance abuse, been busted in DUI — I don’t know,” he continued, with a clear reference to Gaetz’s 2008 DUI incident. “But if I did, I wouldn’t raise it against anyone on this committee. I don’t think it’s proper.”
Gaetz was arrested when he was 26, according to Politifact, when “he was driving back from a nightclub on Okaloosa Island in a BMW registered to his father, then-Florida Sen. Don Gaetz. Okaloosa County Deputy Chris Anglin clocked Gaetz traveling 48 mph in a 35 mph.”
His eyes were watery and bloodshot, Anglin said in the report, and he was staggering. He also smelled of alcohol, the officer said.
Gaetz admitted to having a couple of beers but declined to take a field sobriety test. When he was arrested, he refused the breathalyzer test.
The case was eventually dropped, Politifact noted.