Hunter Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, was discharged from the Navy Reserve following a positive drug test.
A source close to the matter confirmed the drug in question was cocaine.
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Biden was discharged earlier this year after failing a drug test in June 2013. A lawyer and former lobbyist, Biden was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy Reserve in 2013. He applied for a commission into the reserve as a public affairs officer at age 42. Because of his age, Biden needed a waiver to apply. The Journal reported he needed a second waiver because of a drug-related charge when he was younger, a request that is not unusual.
“It was the honor of my life to serve in the US Navy, and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge,” Hunter Biden said in a statement. “I respect the Navy’s decision. With the love and support of my family, I’m moving forward.”
The Navy declined to comment on the drug test. Vice President Biden’s office has also declined to comment.
Commander Ryan Perry, a Navy spokesman, said in a statement that Biden had been selected for his commission in 2012, and discharged in February 2014. “Like other junior officers, the details of Ens. Biden’s discharge are not releasable under the Privacy Act,” he said.
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