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Documents newly obtained by Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, indicate that there is ongoing internal discord within the Secret Service, conservative brief reported.
The document, which includes 36 pages of communications by and within the Secret Service refer to more than one concerning issue. Examples of this are the references to agents being aggressively bitten by the Biden family dog over the past year, and the recent breach of security by tricksters who were able to manipulate agents.
One issue is fact that the Secret Service is accusing press secretary Jen Psaki and White House officials for dealing with aggression and attacks by the Biden family dog by changing or omitting facts and “glossing over” the multiple instances of the dog’s behavior, conservativebrief.com reported. Agents are reportedly angry that they have repeatedly been the target of aggression by the Biden’s dog, Major.
The New York Post reported that in the past year “Major, a German Shepard, bit or snapped at agents numerous times throughout last year, several of which left puncture wounds, torn clothing, and bruising.”
The New York Post added, “newly released documents show that Secret Service agents were intensely angry at the White House for glossing over the attacks on them, adding that on one occasion, Major tore a suitcoat worth around $500. The agent reportedly attempted to get President Joe Biden to pay for the coat.
Also, The Post reported, citing the documents, Secret Service supervisors were also involved in downplaying the incidents by seeking to leave out of official paperwork details surrounding the attacks, even rejecting at one point an agent’s “excessively detailed” account in order to avoid upsetting the first family after the dog bit agents on eight consecutive days. Many, but not all, of the bites are described in emails included in the documents.
Conservativebrief.com relates that White House press secretary Jen Psaki acknowledged just one biting incident at a briefing on March 9, 2021, saying that one day earlier, “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.”
But, The March 8 bite actually was the final attack in an eight-day streak and the injured agent — whose injuries were categorized as “severe” by a colleague — fumed about Psaki’s spin.
“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 wrote to a co-worker.
The co-worker responded: “SMH. .. hope you didn’t get hurt to [sic] bad.”
A message that was written by an unknown Secret Service agent referred to photos of a bite area and said that “injury cannot be described in any other term than ‘severe.’”
That particular incident occurred on March 8 around 7 a.m. as the agent was stationed in the residential area on the second floor of the White House with first lady Jill Biden. “Photos of injuries were redacted in the records, but one photo that was released shows an agent’s wool overcoat that was ripped on March 6 as the president and first lady returned indoors from the White House Tennis Pavilion,” The Post reported. The agent noted in a first-hand account about two months later as he sought reimbursement for the damaged garment: “As Major came around the corner, he attacked me unprovoked, tearing the wool overcoat I was wearing that evening. 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.”
However, the agent was reprimanded by an unknown Secret Service supervisor. Eventually, the agent withdrew his request for reimbursement by saying that the Bidens should have to pay for the coat, not the Secret Service, the Post reported.
“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.
The documents also show other internal strife within the Secret Service, such as the scandal this week involving 4 of it’s employees being fooled by men who were impersonating federal agents. One of the Secret Service employees is the agent who is assigned to protect the first lady, Jill Biden.
The Washington Post reported that Secret Service leaders are “downplaying” the incident and the risk to national security, but the Post added, “Several former Secret Service officials warn that the alleged infiltration of the elite protection agency reveals a major vulnerability extending well beyond this particular case.”
“‘If you can compromise Secret Service personnel by cozying up to their agents and their uniformed officers, unwelcome sources can get to the president and the first family,’ said Jim Helminski, a retired agency executive and former leader of Joe Biden’s vice-presidential detail,” The Post related.
Seems the Secret Service agency has some housecleaning to do.