Roger Clinton, the younger half-brother of former President Bill Clinton, spent the night in jail after being arrested Sunday evening in California on suspicion of driving under the influence, several news media sites reported.
He was released on $15,000 bail on Monday morning, reported TMZ
. Clinton, 59, was stopped on the Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach about 8 p.m. Sunday and then taken into custody, reported People magazine
Roger Clinton making bail on the eve of California's primary election didn't go unnoticed by news media covering Hillary Clinton's tight Democratic race against Bernie Sanders, noted People, and she referred press questions about her brother-in-law's arrest to her husband's office.
Roger Clinton was arrested for drunk driving and disorderly conduct in southern California in early 2001, according to The Washington Post
. That same year, on the day he left office, Bill Clinton pardoned his brother for a cocaine-selling charge for which he spent a year in prison for in the 1980s, said The Post. That pardon, along with others that day, led to a Congressional investigation by Republicans.
The Washington Post also reported that Roger Clinton admitted in a deposition eight years ago to trying to develop a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's then presidential campaign, for a cut of the money taken in.
"This is not uncommon for fundraisers, though most of those doing the fundraising aren't related to the candidates," The Post noted. "Roger Clinton also revealed in that deposition that his brother had been paying his son's tuition and providing his nephew with some monthly spending money."
The New York Times
reported last year that a Houston businessman accused Roger Clinton of selling influence in an effort to help a group of builders sell houses in Haiti through the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton's state department after the 2010 earthquake there. The Times said the deal ended up floundering.
"I paid Roger $100,000," Houston businessman Wayne Coleman told The Times. "Basically, he promised to get us a contract through the Clinton Foundation for a project over there. What he was really trying to do was sell the influence of his brother."
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