Secret Service agents have claimed that the White House refused to be transparent about bad behavior committed by Major, the first family’s youngest dog. The documents released as part of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by Judicial Watch show how Secret Service agents tried to downplay the incidents and even reprimanded one agent for reporting an attack because they were afraid it would upset members of the Biden family.
On March 20, 2021, White House press secretary Jen Psaki claimed that one dog attack did take place after Major was “surprised by an unfamiliar person.” “The first family's younger dog, Major, was surprised by an unfamiliar person and reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury to the individual,” Psaki said when asked at that time.
According to the unsealed documents, the dog bit agents over an eight-week period. The injuries were “severe” rather than minor.
“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 reportedly wrote to a colleague. The colleague said, “SMH. .. hope you didn't get hurt to [sic] bad.” Another email from a Secret Service employee referenced the bite and explained how the “injury cannot be described in any other term than ‘severe'.”
The report, which was heavily edited, stated that the incident occurred around 7:00 A.M. in the White House residential area on the second floor near the office of first lady Jill Biden.
“Without warning or provocation, Major barked loudly at [the agent]… and charged,” the report stated. “Having no time to seek cover from the attack, [the agent] turned away from the dog as he bit into [redacted] right leg.”
David Cho, then chief protection agent for President Biden, sent an email later in the afternoon, “Major bit one of the agents this morning. The agent is OK, but does have bruising and a puncture.”
The agent was reported to have been bitten by Major a second time; however, no details are available. Images of the wounds were not included in the report, with the exception of one of the pictures that showed the agent's damaged wool coat.
Then, two months after the incident, the agent requested reimbursement and provided his first-hand account. He was warned to avoid becoming a target of the Bidens. “As Major came around the corner, he attacked me unprovoked, tearing the wool overcoat I was wearing that evening,” the agent wrote. “This attack occurred through no fault of my own, and I could not avoid this unusual circumstance due to the nature and requirements of my position.”
An unidentified Secret Service agent chastised the report for embellished data. “Please submit with the language that has been approved by [the legal office]. Unless you dispute anything in the verbiage that was presented to you, there shouldn't be a need to embellish with additional details that aren't required for approval,” said the agent, who was not identified. “If you'd prefer to send an additional note, document the 3/6's events in great detail, you definitely can. The added text in the form gives more details than [the legal office] asked for. I've been told that if I update your request with the correct language the request will be handled.”
In a separate correspondence, an agent described that account as “excessively detailed and inappropriate” and stated that “I was requested to have him submit the account using the language that had already been approved by the legal office, the legal office]. It's unclear if he will or not. I don't think it's all about the money now.”
The agent later withdrew the request for reimbursement, arguing the Biden family is responsible for paying out of its pocket rather than US taxpayers’. “After some deep thought and reflection, I don't believe the US [taxpayers] 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 taxpayer and this would be unjust,” the agent stated.
“The responsibility should lie with the party responsible for the wrongdoing (i.e., tort), and that, of course, would be the dog owner/s,” the judge added.
The report did not say whether the Biden family paid the agent, as neither the Secret Service nor Jen Psaki replied to The New York Post’s queries.
“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,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “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!”
Major’s location remains a mystery. In the past year, the Biden family purchased a German Shepherd puppy following the passing of their older dog, Champ.