Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) used his time at Thursday’s House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing to highlight Hunter Biden’s past drug abuse, but the argument was quickly turned against him by his Democratic colleagues.
“I don’t want to make light of anybody’s substance abuse issues,” Gaetz said as he moved to introduce an amendment to the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump that would compel an investigation of Joe Biden’s son and his employment with Ukrainian company Burisma. “But it’s a little hard to believe that Burisma hired Hunter Biden to resolve their international disputes when he could not resolve his own dispute with Hertz over leaving cocaine and a crack pipe in the car.”
After Gaetz finished, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., took note of Gaetz highlighting Hunter Biden’s past substance abuse and said it was rather hypocritical to hear such commentary, alluding to Gaetz’s 2008 arrest on a charge of driving under the influence, reports NBC News.
According to the arrest report, Gaetz was driving home from a nightclub when he was pulled over for driving 48 in a 35 mile-per-hour zone in a BMW SUV registered to father, a Florida state senator, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
The arresting officer smelled alcohol, and Gaetz refused to take a field sobriety test and a Breathalyzer. The case was later dropped.
“I’m of the view that that is part of who I am,” Gaetz told the Tampa Bay Times. “I made bad decisions that resulted in an arrest, and that is sort of something that we all live with.”
Gaetz calling out Hunter Biden’s substance abuse was like the “pot calling the kettle black,” Johnson said.
“I would say that the pot calling the kettle black is not something that we should do,” Johnson said. “I don’t know what members, if any, have had any problems with substance abuse, been busted in DUI, I don’t know.”
“But if I did, I wouldn’t raise it against anyone on this committee,” he continued. “I don’t think it’s proper.”
Gaetz slams Hunter Biden for his substance abuse problem.@RepHankJohnson: "I would say the pot calling the kettle black is not something we should do," alluding to Gaetz's 2008 DUI arrest while driving back from – and I'm 100% serious here – a nightclub called "Swamp." pic.twitter.com/fC9Jno0xZz
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