The US vice-president’s son Hunter Biden has been discharged from the US navy reserve after testing positive for cocaine.
Biden failed a drug test administered in June 2013, sources said. The son of Joe Biden issued a statement confirming his discharge and expressing regret and embarrassment for his actions.
Navy spokesman Commander Ryan Perry confirmed that Biden was discharged from the navy reserve in February 2014 but said privacy laws prevented him from releasing any details.
Perry said Biden was selected for a direct commission in the navy reserve as a part-time ensign in 2012 and was assigned to a public affairs unit in Norfolk, Virginia, in May 2013.
Biden, 44, a partner at an investment firm, said he regretted what had happened. “It was the honour of my life to serve in the US navy and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge,” Biden said in a statement provided 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 referred all queries to Hunter Biden’s attorney after the story appeared in the Wall Street Journal.
Hunter Biden received a commission as a public affairs officer in the navy reserve in 2013, requiring a special waiver because he was 42 years old, the Associated Press said.
Joe Biden’s other son, Delaware attorney general Beau Biden, served a year-long tour in Iraq as a captain in the Delaware army national guard.
Source: The UK Guardian. Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.