Reports: Biden’s Son Kicked Out Of Navy Reserve After Testing Positive For Cocaine

Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

Vice President Joe Biden’s youngest son was discharged from the U.S. Navy Reserve this year after he failed a drug test, according to multiple reports.

The Wall Street Journal first reported that Hunter Biden, 44, tested positive for cocaine shortly after reporting to his unit in June 2013, citing people familiar with the matter. The New York Times also reported on the cocaine test, citing anonymous sources.

A Navy spokesman confirmed to Reuters that Biden was discharged in February but provided no other details. Navy personnel who are discharged due to a failed drug test typically don’t receive honorable discharges, according to the WSJ.

“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,” Biden said in a statement provided to Reuters by his lawyer. “I respect the Navy’s decision. With the love and support of my family, I’m moving forward.”

The vice president’s office declined to comment to the news outlets.

This post has been updated.

Latest Livewire
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: