Joe Biden’s Son Failed Drug Test 16 Months Ago, Discharged From Navy in February, Media All Over It

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 at 7:15 am
Joe Biden, Hunter Biden

Look, we all know the drill by now. Just imagine if Hunter Biden’s last name was Bush, or Palin, and we can safely assume this would have been news some time ago.

Vice President Joe Biden ’s son Hunter was discharged from the Navy Reserve this year after testing positive for cocaine, according to people familiar with the matter.

Hunter Biden, a lawyer by training who is now a managing partner at an investment company, had been commissioned as an ensign in the Navy Reserve, a part-time position. But after failing a drug test last year, his brief military career ended.

Mr. Biden, 44 years old, decided to pursue military service relatively late, beginning the direct-commission process to become a public-affairs officer in the Navy Reserve in 2012. Because of his age—43 when he was to be commissioned—he needed a waiver to join the Navy. He received a second Navy waiver because of a drug-related incident when he was a young man, according to people familiar with the matter. Military officials say such drug waivers aren’t uncommon.

Mr. Biden was commissioned as an ensign on May 7, 2013, and assigned to Navy Public Affairs Support Element East in Norfolk, Va., a reserve unit, according to the Navy. In June 2013, after reporting to his unit in Norfolk, he was given a drug test, which turned up positive for cocaine, according to people familiar with the situation. Mr. Biden was discharged in February, the Navy said.

Mr. Biden said in a statement that 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. I respect the Navy’s decision. With the love and support of my family, I’m moving forward.”

Sure, everyone, let’s just move on. After all this news is 11 hours old by now. But still, we can’t help but wonder, cynics that we are:

Big upside, though, it hasn’t affected his career:


Nice connections, even if you’re a cokehead. We weren’t the only ones pondering:

Tut, tut, it’s a private matter.

Got that right.

We’re sure now the DC media will be digging deep and asking Joe Biden what he knew and when he knew it. Oh, who are we kidding? This won’t even be a story by sundown today.

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2 Responses to “Joe Biden’s Son Failed Drug Test 16 Months Ago, Discharged From Navy in February, Media All Over It”

  1. Phelps on 17/17/14 at 11:38 am

    Not only that, but knowing the Navy officer corps, this means that he such a huge cokehead that they couldn’t cover it up, even if he was the VP’s son, and that entitles him to quite a lot of coverup.

    This sounds like a Rick James-esque level coke habit.