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article imageVP Joe Biden's son booted from Navy over cocaine

By Larry Clifton     Oct 16, 2014 in Politics
Washington - It was one of the best-kept secrets inside the Washington DC Beltway. Reports surfaced Thursday that VP Joe Biden’s 44-year-old son, Hunter Biden, who joined the Navy reserves in 2013, has been discharged after testing positive for cocaine.
The younger Biden says he is “embarrassed” over the incident, according to a Wall Street Journal report published Thursday. It is not clear why Hunter Biden's discharge was not reported before now. Biden’s short military career, which he embarked on in his early 40s, came to its unfortunate conclusion after he failed a drug test in 2013. In a statement to Fox News, Biden said that he respects the Navy’s decision, but would not specify why the Navy gave him the boot.
“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,” he said. “I respect the Navy's decision. With the love and support of my family, I'm moving forward.” According to the Wall Street Journal report, Biden, commissioned as an ensign public affairs officer in 2013, failed a drug test after reporting to his unit later in the year. The Navy reportedly discharged him in February of 2014. Navy officials would not characterize the nature of his discharge, according to the report.
Ironically, at the American Legion’s Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball in 2013, Vice President Biden said that his son’s decision to join the Navy so late in life was a result of “bad judgment.”
“We have a lot of bad judgment in my family,” Biden said. “My son over 40 just joined the Navy to be sworn in.”
For his day job, Hunter Biden is a lawyer, more specifically the managing partner at Rosemont Seneca Partners investment firm. Reporters had a field day earlier this year when Biden was hired as director and lawyer for a Ukraine company promoting energy independence from Moscow. The position could be viewed as a possible conflict of interest since Vice President Biden and others in the Obama administration are responsible for energy policies affecting the Ukrainian government. Ukraine’s energy needs are at the forefront as the country battles Russia and pro-Russian separatists for control of industrial sectors of the wartorn country. Joe Biden said through his spokeswoman, Kendra Barkoff, that his son is a private citizen and a lawyer, and that the vice president "does not endorse any particular company and has no involvement with this company."
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