Matt Gaetz manages to drag his DUI history into the impeachment hearings


Gaetz was arrested in 2008 for driving under the influence.

Thursday's House Judiciary Committee markup on articles of impeachment got interesting when Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) unintentionally dragged his 2008 drunk driving arrest into the proceedings.

The moment happened after Gaetz tried to bring Hunter Biden, the son of the former vice president, into the hearing by mentioning Biden's substance abuse.

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) implied that Gaetz might not want to bring up anyone else's substance abuse issues, given that Gaetz had his own troubles with alcohol.

"I would say that the pot calling the kettle black is not something that we should do," Johnson said, drawing laughter from the audience in the hearing room that seemed to understand Johnson was referring to Gaetz's DUI. "I don't know what members, if any, have had any problems with substance abuse, DUI, I don't know, but if I did I wouldn't raise it against anyone on this committee. I don't think it's proper."

Republicans have tried to make Hunter Biden part of the impeachment investigation, demanding that he be called to testify. The investigation Donald Trump wanted Ukraine to carry out centered around Hunter Biden's role on a Ukrainian gas company board and a false conspiracy theory that Vice President Joe Biden's actions in Ukraine were influenced by his son's job.

Yet even Senate Republicans, who plan to quickly acquit Trump and possibly not even call any witnesses during an impeachment trial, are not planning on calling Biden as a witness.

Ultimately, the House Judiciary Committee plans to vote on the articles of impeachment on Thursday, setting up a full House vote on the impeachment articles next week.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.