OAN’s Noah Herring
2:21 PM – Tuesday, July 25, 2023
President Joe Biden’s dog, Commander, who replaced the president’s first dog, Major, over aggressive behavior, bit seven people over a four-month period, according to surfacing reports that were obtained by Judicial Watch.
One of the more serious incidents even prompted the White House physician to refer a Secret Service officer to the hospital for treatment on November 3rd, 2022, after the agent was bitten by the dog numerous times on the thigh and arm, the New York Post reported.
Emails obtained by the conservative legal group Judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that, just weeks after the first incident, Commander was allowed off leash outside the White House following a family movie night, causing him to bite a Secret Service member’s hand, drawing blood.
In January, Commander also bit and “latched on” to a security technician’s back at Biden’s home in Delaware.
“These shocking records raise fundamental questions about President Biden and the Secret Service,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, according to the outlet. “This is a special sort of craziness and corruption where a president would allow his dog to repeatedly attack and bite Secret Service and White House personnel. And rather than protect its agents, the Secret Service tried to illegally hide documents about the abuse of its agents and officers by the Biden family.”
In October 2022, a Secret Service member issued a warning to colleagues advising that it was only a matter of time before the un-trained and neglected dog lashed out and bit an officer.
During the November incident, the dog “came down the stairs and walked toward” the officer before he bit the officer’s arm on the triceps area.
Commander also bit him a second time, but this time in the quadriceps, when the officer rose up to move away from the animal. According to an internal agency email, he ended up shielding himself from the dog with a nearby steel cart.
Two days following the incident, the officer who was attacked emailed a colleague who inquired about their recovery, writing, “My leg and arm still hurts. He bit me twice and ran at me twice.”
The colleague responded, “What a joke…if it wasn’t their dog he would already have been put down, freaking clown needs a muzzle.”
Reports of several other incidents, including with the first family, were also highlighted in the report.
“For the past several Presidential administrations, the Secret Services has navigated how to best operate around family pets and these incidents are no exception. We take the safety and wellbeing of our employees extremely seriously,” said Anthony Guglielmi, U.S. Secret Service chief of communications.
“Agency employees are encouraged to report any job-related injuries to their immediate supervisors for appropriate documentation. As such, we are aware of past incidents involving first-family pets and these instances were treated similarly to comparable workplace injuries, to include with relevant notifications and reporting procedures followed,” Guglielmi continued.
The pattern of attacks from Commander, which range from September 2022 to January 2023, come after Biden’s former dog, Major, was booted from the White House over a similar behavioral pattern. The dog was reportedly relocated to be cared for by friends of the Biden family.
It is unclear whether Commander has been involved in any more incidents outside of the five months of reported aggression towards White House staffers.
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