WASHINGTON — Vice President Biden’s youngest son was discharged from the Navy Reserves this year after testing positive for cocaine, according to a report on Thursday by the NYDaily News.
Hunter Biden, 44, a lawyer who works for an investment company, failed the drug test after he reported to a Norfolk, Va., reserve unit last year, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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,” Hunter Biden said in a statement.
“I respect the Navy’s decision. With the love and support of my family, I’m moving forward.”
Biden joined the reserve officer program in 2012. He was commissioned as an ensign in 2013 and assigned to a public affairs unit in Norfolk.
After reporting to the unit in June 2013, Biden was given a urinalysis drug test, and he failed it. He was discharged in February 2014.
The vice president’s son “was treated no different than any other sailor,” a person familiar with the matter told ABC News.
The Navy confirmed Biden was discharged but declined to comment on the reason for the dicharge because of Privacy Act restrictions.
Navy personnel who are discharged because of a failed drug test are not given honorable discharges. Most receive an “other than honorable” or “general” discharge.
It isn’t clear which discharge Biden received, the Journal reported.
In joining the Navy Reserves, Biden needed one waiver because of his age and a second waiver because of a drug-related incident when he was younger.
A spokeswoman for Vice President Biden, who is widely believed to be considering a 2016 presidential bid, declined to comment.
The veep has publicly cited Hunter Biden’s Navy position, telling an American Legion gathering in 2013, “My son, who is over 40, just joined the United States Navy. He’s about to be sworn in as an officer, Hunter Biden.”
Hunter Biden, who is married with three children, graduated from Georgetown University and Yale Law School, and serves as managing partner at Rosemont Seneca Partners in Washington, D.C. In May, he joined the board of Ukraine’s largest private gas firm.
The vice president’s older son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, is expected to run for governor.
Joe Biden and his wife Jill have a daughter, Ashley, who joined the Delaware Center for Justice in 2012 as associate executive director.
A member of the extended Biden clan, the vice president’s niece Caroline Biden, was nabbed last year in Manhattan for assaulting a cop and refusing arrest after a dispute with a roommate over rent. Because the officer was not hurt, prosecutors earlier this year agreed to dismiss the charges and seal her record if she stayed out of trouble for six months.