Newly released records from the U.S. Secret Service indicate the White House didn’t accurately convey the facts about attacks by Major, one of President Joe Biden’s dogs.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on March 9, 2021, that the dog “was surprised by an unfamiliar person, and reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury to the individual, which was handled by the White House medical unit with no further treatment needed.”
In an email that same day, the Secret Service agent (SA) who was bitten disputed Psaki’s account, the records show.
“Yes I got bit by Major on [redacted] and NO I didn’t surprise the dog doing my job by being at [redacted] as the press secretary just said! Now I’m pissed,” the agent said.
Additionally, an incident report of the bite said it took place after the dog, “without warning or provocation,” barked loudly at and charged the agent.
“Having no time to seek cover from the attack, SA [redacted] turned away from the dog as he bit into [redacted] right leg,” the report says. SA stands for special agent.
“SA [redacted] injury cannot be described in any other term than ‘severe,'” the report states.
The documents also show that Major bit an agent or officer on eight consecutive days, March 1 to March 8, 2021, “causing damage to attire or bruising/punctures to the skin.” Other attacks occurred in February and May of 2021.
“These documents show Major was a dangerous dog and the Biden White House lied about it, placing Secret Service and other White House personnel at needless risk,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “And it seems the Secret Service management seemed more concerned about managing press relations than taking care of its agents. In fact, the agency is still withholding information about this mess!”
Judicial Watch, a nonprofit, obtained the records through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Major and the other dog the Biden family had at the time, Champ, were sent to the family’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, on March 8, 2021, according to the missives.
The president’s family planned to utilize a trainer they had utilized in the past to train the dogs. The dogs were brought back to Washington in May 2021.
None of the agents who were attacked had been compensated, according to the emails. One agent attempting to get compensation later withdrew his filing, saying he didn’t want taxpayers to foot the bill.
“After some deep thought and reflection, I don’t believe the USSS should be responsible for the damage to my coat as the cause was not under their control. To be compensated in this manner would essentially have the cost borne by the tax payer and this would be unjust. As I read the email chain below, this incident should be treated as a ‘tort claim,'” the agent wrote. “I believe this is accurate and as such, the responsibility should lie with the party responsible for the wrong doing (i.e. tort), and that of course would be the dog owner/s.”
Biden reportedly gave Major to friends later in 2021 before obtaining a new dog, Commander.