Friday, October 17, 2014

US: Hunter Biden, VP's Son, Discharged from Naval Reserve For Cocaine Usage

According to AFP, Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, 44, was discharged from the US Naval Reserve after testing positive for cocaine, a US official confirmed. 
In a statement, the vice president's younger son acknowledged his discharge and expressed regret. Biden, 44, had been a reserve officer beginning in 2012, but failed a drug test for cocaine, said an official familiar with the case. 
"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," he said in the statement, issued through his lawyer.
"I respect the Navy's decision. With the love and support of my family, I'm moving forward."

COMMENT: The details of Biden's discharge could not be released under the provisions of privacy law, Commander Ryan Perry USN said in an email.
The expulsion was first reported by THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.
Biden had been 42 when he applied for his commission in the reserves, and because of his age he had to obtain a waiver.
THE WSJ reported that he needed a second waiver because of a drug-related charge that he received when he was younger, which officials say is not uncommon.
The news of Hunter Biden's discharge follows a series of embarrassing incidents for the US vice president, who recently had to apologize to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates after he said they had financed Sunni jihadists.
The vice president's other son, Beau, is the attorney general of Delaware, where he is competing as a candidate for governor. Beau Biden is a major in the Delaware National Guard.

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