Hillary Clinton has a lot on her plate right now -- like trying to win the Democratic presidential primary in California -- so she was no doubt hoping to avoid a family scandal. But, as news outlets love to remind us, family scandals are common for the Clintons, and the latest comes from Bill's step-brother who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Redondo Beach on Sunday night.
While Hillary Clinton campaigns, and Bill does the same on her behalf, Roger Clinton spent Sunday night in jail. His bail, which he has since posted, was set at $15,000 and his first appearance date is reportedly set for September. No doubt the Clintons are hoping that Hillary will win the state before concerning themselves with Roger Cassidy Clinton's fate.
According to CNN, Clinton was arrested after he performed field sobriety tests. He apparently did not pass and was taken to the county jail where he refused "all chemical testing." This is interesting to note because Clinton has been accused of DUI in a case in the same county 15 years ago, although he did not refuse testing then, apparently.
Did he learn from that experience that he should refuse the tests? if so, he presumably also learned that there can be consequences for refusing even if a DUI is not proven.
Roger Clinton also sparked an investigation of his half-brother Bill by Republicans after Bill pardoned Roger for a 1985 charge that sent him to prison for more than a year. The prison sentence was part of a plea deal in which Roger Clinton admitted to distributing a single gram of cocaine.
Growing Up Clinton
Roger Clinton posted bail on Monday morning reportedly and was released from custody. The political half of the Clinton family does not seem to be saying anything about the incident, which makes sense.
Regardless, Roger Clinton's difficulties with addiction are well documented. CBS News reports that in his 1995 book, Growing Up Clinton, Roger recounted his troubled life, childhood abuse at the hands of his dad, and his struggles with booze and drugs.