(CBrief) – The administration is facing new legal action aimed at uncovering information related to President Joe Biden’s new dog, Commander, who, according to reports, is allegedly responsible for injuring staff.
Government watchdog Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security under the Freedom of Information Act, WND News Service reported, adding that lawsuit is related to the removal of Major, the Bidens’ previous dog, from the White House after he repeatedly bit workers there.
The suit is seeking “any records related to incidents of aggression and bites involving the Biden family dog, ‘Commander,’ including communications between Secret Service officials in the Uniformed and Non-Uniformed Divisions involved in White House operations and the Presidential Protection Division.”
The case was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington after the Secret Service “failed to respond adequately” to a FOIA request for those details last year, the news service noted further.
Judicial Watch said it was acting on “a tip.”
“Acquired in December 2021, Commander, a pure-bred German shepherd, replaced another German shepherd, Major, which left the White House following a series of attacks on Secret Service and White House staff,” Judicial Watch noted, according to the news service.
“Judicial Watch already caught the Biden White House lying about their family dog attacking and injuring Secret Service and White House employees,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton added. “Now it seems their new dog is also out of control, and the Secret Service is hiding records about the issue.”
His organization last year reported on “multiple attacks and damages to United States Secret Service members by Major at both the White House and Biden’s lake home in Wilmington, Del.”
In December, WorldNetDaily reported that no sooner than the Bidens moved into the White House, bringing Major with them, than the dog began biting staffers and Secret Service agents.
The biting incidents became so serious that the government refused to disclose information about them. Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, which the Secret Service falls under. The organization discovered evidence that the dog was deemed “dangerous” and that “the Biden White House lied about it, placing Secret Service and other White House personnel at needless risk.”
President Biden subsequently accused the Secret Service of “lying” about the incidents following the publication of a book detailing the incidents, WND noted, which led to criticism from Georgetown University Law School professor Jonathan Turley.
He cited excerpts of the book, accounts of which reportedly came from some Secret Service agents who allegedly witnessed the incidents, that reveal “Biden is denying an account of the Secret Service about an agent being attacked by his German Shepherd, Major, at the White House.”
“The statement from the president raises some interesting legal questions after he effectively called an agent a liar about an official report on one of many bite incidents with the Biden dogs. If the quote is accurate, the criticism could not only be viewed as defamatory but another unfounded attack on the integrity and veracity of federal employees by the president,” Turley said at the time, according to WND.
“This should not be dismissed as some sensational ‘President Bites Agent’ story. It raises long-standing concerns over the lack of recourse for agents endangered or abused by protected individuals,” Turley continued.
The claims came from “The Fight of His Life,” by Chris Whipple, who talks about Biden’s “continued mistrust of the Secret Service and his alleged avoidance of saying anything in front of agents. Biden has long had tense relations with the Secret Service, particularly after female agents complained about his exposing himself to them by insisting on swimming in the nude,” Turley noted.
He noted the book’s claim is that Biden has his own “deep state” and thinks the Secret Service is made up of “MAGA sympathizers” because it is “full of white ex-cops from the South.”