Biden's Son Keeps Law License Despite Drug-Related Navy Reserve Discharge

Biden's Son Keeps Law License Despite Drug-Related Navy Reserve Discharge

Despite being cashiered out of the Navy Reserve for testing positive for cocaine, Vice President Joe Biden’s son is still being allowed to practice law and won’t lose his Connecticut law license.

Late last week the Wall Street Journal reported that in February of this year Hunter Biden, 44, tested positive for cocaine during a drug test administered by the Navy and was immediately discharged from the Navy Reserve.

Days later the Connecticut Bar announced that it was not initiating any reviews of the younger Biden’s law license.

Lawyers in Connecticut face an automatic review of their licenses when they have been convicted of a crime, but Biden’s dismissal from the Navy for cocaine, the Bar Association said, did not rise to that threshold.

“At this point, I’m not aware that Mr. Biden has been arrested for anything, and certainly not convicted,” said Michael P. Bowler, Connecticut’s Statewide Bar Counselor.

The VP’s son had joined the Navy Reserves in 2012 as a candidate for the Direct Commission Officer Program. By May of 2014 he was assigned to the Navy Public Supports Element East in Norfolk, Virginia but lost his commission after the drug test.

Biden was given two waivers to be allowed into the Navy Reserves in the first place. One because he was already in his forties when he wanted to join the Reserves, and a second because he was arrested on drug charges when he was younger.

Hunter Biden is the managing director at Rosemont Seneca Technology Partners and is also a former lobbyist. He also joined the board of Ukraine’s largest private oil and gas producer last May.

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