Biden’s son discharged from Navy after drug test

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File photo of Hunter Biden. Image courtesy POOL/CNN.

By Eric Bradner


WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Navy Reserve discharged Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter this year after he tested positive for cocaine, U.S. officials confirmed.

The discharge of Biden, a 44-year-old lawyer and managing partner at an investment firm, was first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. He confirmed the report in a statement to CNN.

“It was the honor of my life to serve in the U.S. Navy, and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge. I respect the Navy’s decision. With the love and support of my family, I’m moving forward,” he said.

Biden was commissioned as an ensign in May 2013 and assigned as a public affairs officer in a Norfolk, Virginia-based reserve unit. A month later, he tested positive for cocaine, and he was discharged in February, according to the report.

The U.S. official said the Navy never had contact with the vice president’s office over the issue, and that standard procedure for failed drug tests is administrative discharge. The vice president’s office didn’t comment on the report.

Hunter Biden is the younger of Biden’s two sons. His older brother, Beau Biden, is Delaware’s attorney general and a major in the Delaware Army National Guard. He was deployed for a year in Iraq.

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  • Melissa Kennedy

    I have to ask this question. This is a man that was brought up is a good home and I’m sure he went to the best schools and was given everything he needed to become successful. Does this make him a drug addict that should die? Before you answer this question, think about all of those kids that have died at the hands of the law. Look up Danielle Willard. According to Salt Lake City Judge L.A. Dever it does, If you go to Utah FPO on facebook. Danielle, did not deserve to die just like Joe Biden’s son does not deserve to die. I know this is not what this story is about. The point I am making is this. If Hunter was in a car and was pulled over by an officer for a traffic stop, Should he be killed or not??????

    • Bob

      It was unfortunate that Danielle Willard chose to place the life of a police officer in danger as she tried to escape arrest during a drug deal. Fortunately the officer was not killed like so many others before him. Also fortunately a judge judge ruled that former West Valley City Police Department Det. Shaun Cowley wouldn’t be tried on a trumped up manslaughter charge.

      • Melissa Kennedy

        I started to write something that my heart knows is wrong. I will put it this way. Only God knows the truth, Those that have murdered our children will be judged. Those that choose to make a decision about people that take drugs should walk in their footsteps. While you do that, think to yourself, Have I lived a sin free life. If your answer is YES, then by all means, Go and judge, If your answer is NO, then step back and keep your mouth shut.

      • Bob

        This police officer has a wife and children who unlike the widow of Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride got to see him at the end of his shift. Its been my personal observation that the same drug addicts keep making the same stupid choices. And no, Danielle Willard wasn’t on her way to Bible school the day she decided to endanger the life of a police officer.

      • Melissa Kennedy

        I’ve said all I can say, People like you will never get it. I pray that my family members come home after every shift. Yes, I have lots of family in Law Enforcement. So I am in a eunuch situation, I am given lots of information so I can understand things from a police officers point of view. I have even participated in a portion of the new police officers training called MOC Scenes. So I have tried to look at things from a different point of view. I have to say it helps. But, would it really help when you know that there are bad officers that take money from people, keep trophies, take cash out of a car going to auctions, missing money and drugs from a undercover vehicle. I just can’t put myself in those shoes, because I know I would never do that. Cowley and the rest of the NNU did.

      • Bob

        Some drugs are legal now in Colorado and Washington State. If someone wants to screw up a wonderful brain with mind altering drugs let them go somewhere else to do it. Here in Utah we just don’t have sympathy for drug dealers or their clients.

    • Bob

      Joe Biden was accused of plagiarizing a speech by Neil Kinnock. When it comes to morality he was found lacking.

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