During a recent impeachment hearing, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz brought up Hunter Biden’s history of substance use and at least one person wasn’t having it.
Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia slammed Gaetz for bringing up Biden’s past in such a way when Gaetz himself has own history- one that contains a DUI.
Gaetz went on a tear, first bringing up Biden’s role as a board member of the Ukrainian natural-gas company Burisma Holdings, then progressing into a full on attack of Biden’s past.
Gaetz said he had gone online to investigate Biden and found a New Yorker piece that detailed an incident involving the son of former VP Joe Biden.
The piece said he had gotten into an accident in a rental car and that a crack pipe and “a line of white-powder residue” was left on one of the consoles.
Gaetz quoted the article and said that an employee from the rental-car company had called the police department and that “officers filed a ‘narcotics offense’ report listing items seized in the car, including a plastic bag containing a white powdery substance, a Secret Service business card, credit cards, and Hunter Biden’s driver’s license.”
Gaetz continued his assault, “That is what we would call evidence… And I don’t want to make light of anybody’s substance-abuse issues — I know the president’s working real hard to solve those throughout the country — 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 rental car over leaving cocaine and a crack pipe in the car.”
When Gaetz wrapped up his statement, Johnson wasted no time bringing up Gaetz’s 2008 DUI arrest which he got driving under the influence on his way back from a nightclub in Florida.
Laughter was heard throughout the room as Johnson said, “The pot calling the kettle black is not something that we should do.”
“I don’t know what members, if any, have had any problems with substance abuse, been busted in a DUI, I don’t know… But if I did, I wouldn’t raise it against anyone on this committee.”
Johnson said, “I don’t think it’s proper.”
Gaetz told CNN, “I didn’t pay much attention to it … I’m focused on the president … I don’t think Americans are hanging on a traffic incident I had a decade ago.”
The stand off between the two came amid Trump’s impeachment hearings where Trump is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.