According to inside sources, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden was kicked out of the navy after testing positive for cocaine. Hunter Biden a former lobbyist who works at a private equity firm was booted from the military this past February, this according to a Navy spokesperson.
Hunter’s leave from the Navy comes just under a year after being selected for the part-time position as a public affairs officer in the Reserve. Although the Navy did not disclose any reasons for Hunter’s discharge citing privacy laws, the information was leaked in the media yesterday.
In a statement from Hunter’s attorney, his client respected the decision of the Navy and was putting everything behind him, allowing him to move forward thanks to the love and support of family members and friends. When questioned as to why he was discharged, Hunter had no comment. Even when his attorney was asked about possible cocaine use, no response was provided.
However, Hunter did say it was an honor to have served in the US Navy and that not only does he regret his actions, which ultimately led to his administrative discharge, but he is extremely embarrassed. The Vice President’s office was also contacted for comment but refused to give a formal statement.
Information about Hunter, age 44, failing a drug test in 2013 came from two different people close to the situation. Although these individuals were not authorized to discuss the incident in detail, the first report of Hunter’s discharge due to a failed drug test was provided by The Wall Street Journal.
Hunter, who is an attorney in training, was one of seven candidates recommended for a direct commission for public affairs. As part of the process, he was interviewed by a board of senior Navy officers prior to them making a recommendation. After applying to join the Navy Reserve, he was selected in 2012.
Because of his age at the time, to be accepted a special waiver was required. In a statement from Commander Ryan Perry, spokesman for the Navy, Hunter was assigned to the Virginia-based Navy Public Affairs Support Element. Typically, a member of the military who is discharged for a failed drug test is given a dishonorable discharge although Hunter’s separation status remains unclear.
It is common for US Vice President Biden to talk about his kids when making public appearances and in one trip to Asia Hunter along with one of the daughters accompanied him where he was heard giving praise to his son for work done around the world.
However, concerns with Hunter surfaced earlier this year when he joined the board of a private gas company in Ukraine, a time when both his father and the Obama administration were trying to cut Ukraine back from depending on Russian energy. Questions raised were quickly brushed off by the Vice President’s office saying that Hunter is a private citizen.
As far as US Vice President Biden’s older son Beau, he is attorney general in Delaware and served in Iraq for one year as a member of the Army National Guard.