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Secret Service Agents Are Furious over Former First Dog Major

Secret Service agents are reportedly furious over the White House’s handling of dog bites from President Biden’s first dog, Major. 

The agents are accusing the White House of trying to downplay bite injuries and said leaders in the agency sought to conceal an “excessively detailed” account of Major’s aggressive behavior, the New York Post reports.

Records obtained by Judicial Watch reveal that the bites occurred more than were previously reported. 

For eight consecutive days, Major bit agents, even though White House press secretary Jen Psaki acknowledged only a single biting incident. 

Agents were incensed over 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 colleague responded, “SMH. .. hope you didn’t get hurt to [sic] bad.”

In another message, a Secret Service employee said his or her “injury cannot be described in any other term than ‘severe.’”

500-Page CBP Report Detailing Border Patrol’s Treatment of Haitian Migrants Could Be Released Soon

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

CBP’s Office of Personal Responsibility drafted a 500-page report detailing the investigation into horse-mounted Border Patrol agents accused of mistreating Haitian migrants last year. 

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd told the New York Post that the report could be released soon.

Although the agents have been cleared of criminal wrongdoing, they could still face discipline, up to termination, if they were found to have broken agency policies. 

“No one knows what’s in the report,” Judd said. “I don’t know what’s in it. As of yesterday afternoon, the chief of the Border Patrol didn’t know what’s in it.”

Judd said he’s concerned about the length of the report. 

“I’ve never seen a 500-page report where no one did anything wrong,” he said.

Democrats and immigration activists called on an investigation after viral images from September showed agents on horses trying to block Haitian migrants from entering Del Rio, Texas.

Concerned TSA Officer May Have Saved Ill Passenger’s Life

Boston Logan International Airport Transportation Security Manager Angelo Bordonaro and Lead Transportation Security Officer Ifeoma Onuorah. Photo: TSA

By Steve Neavling

A TSA officer is credited with potentially saving the life of a sick passenger at Boston Logan International Airport. 

Lead Transportation Security Officer Ifeoma Onuorah noticed that a passenger in a wheelchair did not look well at a checkpoint and asked if “she was alright,” the TSA said in a news release.

Worried about the passenger, who was perspiring and appeared “clammy,” Onuorah checked on the passenger again after she left the checkpoint and found her “crying and hunched over on the floor.”

Again, the passenger said she was fine. 

But Onuorah knew something was wrong. She saw the passenger standing near a water fountain and noticed she looked “extremely pale.”

Onuorah called for help. 

“She did not appear OK to me,” Onuorah said. 

Emergency medical personnel arrived and discovered the passenger’s blood pressure was “dangerously low.” She was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where she remained for three days. 

“I had no idea at the time that her condition was dire,” Onuorah said. 

Federal Security Director Bob Allison commended Onuorah for making sure the passenger received medical attention.  

“The actions of LTSO Onuorah highlight the dynamic posture our frontline employees possess,” Allison said. “Her actions speak volumes and provide a positive example to the public that our employees are committed to their safety and well-being. We are incredibly fortunate to have LTSO Onuorah as part of our team and grateful for her actions and leadership.”

The passenger said Onuorah saved her life. 

“So many people think negatively of TSA,” the passenger said. “That is not accurate. TSA can be lifesavers.”  

Florida Man Arrested for Pretending to Be an Undercover DEA Agent to Receive a Wendy’s Discount

Jesse David Stover. Photo: Brunnell Police Department.

By Steve Neavling

A Florida man was charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer after authorities say he pretended to be a DEA agent in hopes of receiving a discount from Wendy’s earlier this week. 

The ruse didn’t work. 

Jesse David Stover was arrested after a Wendy’s employee called authorities, the Brunnell Police Department said.

According to employees, Stover requested a law enforcement discount, saying he was a police officer and “quickly flashed a gold-colored badge,” which turned out to be a concealed weapon permit badge.  

As Stover argued with Wendy’s staff, he changed his story, saying he was an undercover DEA agent. 

Police discovered that Stover was a regular customer of Wendy’s and had been asking for discounts for more than two years. 

FBI Wants to Keep Headquarters in D.C., But Biden Administration Has Different Plans

The FBI’s current headquarters in Washington D.C.

By Steve Neavling

As the Biden administration and Congress work on plans to move the FBI headquarters to the suburbs, the bureau wants to stay in Washington D.C. because of its proximity to the Justice Department. 

“The FBI Agents Association supports what’s best for the FBI mission, and we believe what is best for the mission is for FBI headquarters to remain in Washington, D.C., in close proximity to the Department of Justice and our DOJ counterparts,” Brian O’Hare, president of the FBI Agents Association, told the Washington Examiner in a statement.

Although the headquarters is cramped and deteriorating, the FBI said the current building is a better option. 

“The FBI can more effectively serve the American people from a headquarters located downtown,” the FBI said in a statement. “But our mission would be enhanced by a consolidated suburban cyber and technology campus within the national capitol region to serve as a command center for cyber operations, consolidate the FBI’s existing cyber and technology footprint, and accommodate future growth.”

In its 2023 budget request, the Biden administration revived long-stalled plans to build a new headquarters in suburban Maryland or Virginia.

“The J. Edgar Hoover building can no longer support the longterm mission of the FBI,” the Biden administration wrote in its budget proposal. “The Administration has begun a multi-year process of constructing a modern, secure suburban facility from which the FBI can continue its mission to protect the American people.”

FBI Arrests NY Lt. Gov. Benjamin on Bribery, Fraud Charges

Former New York Lt. Gov. Brian A. Benjamin. Photo: New York Senate

By Steve Neavling

New York Lt. Gov. Brian A. Benjamin was arrested Tuesday by the FBI on charges of bribery, fraud and falsification of records while he was a state senator.

Benjamin, 45, resigned soon after the Justice Department announced the charges.

Benjamin is accused of receiving thousands of dollars in campaign contributions in exchange for directing a $50,000 state grant to a non-profit controlled by a real estate developer. 

According to the indictment, the developer also raised money for Benjamin’s failed 2021 campaign for New York City’s comptroller. 

“Exploiting one’s official authority by allocating state funds as part of a bribe to procure donations to a political campaign, and engaging in activity to cover up the bribe, is illegal,” FBI New York Assistant Director-in-Charge Michael J. Driscoll said in a statement. “As we allege today, Benjamin’s conduct in this scheme directly circumvents those procedures put in place to keep our systems fair.”

The developer was not identified in the indictment. 

Biden Nominates Ex-U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach to Lead ATF

Former U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach

By Steve Neavling

President Biden on Monday nominated Steven Dettelbach, a former Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorney, to lead the ATF. 

The nomination came on the same day that Biden’s administration announced a crackdown on ghost guns. 

Biden’s first pick to lead the ATF, David Chipman, couldn’t get enough votes in the Senate for confirmation last year. 

It’s too early to say whether Dettelbach will have an easier time getting confirmed. He was confirmed by the Senate to serve as attorney for the U.S. District Court in Northern Ohio, a position he held from 2009 to 2016. 

Chipman came under fire for his support of firearm restrictions, including a ban on assault weapons. He’s also a former adviser at the Giffords, a gun control group. 

Dettelbach has advocated for reinstating the assault weapons ban and universal background checks on firearms purchases.

“Steve is immensely qualified,” Biden said Monday.

“Steve also partnered with the community leaders and law enforcement to help prevent violent crime. He’s worked with the police to combat domestic extremism and to take violent criminals off the street. Steve’s record makes him ready on day one to lead this agency.”

Dettelbach praised the work of the ATF. 

“I’ve seen firsthand the work that so many at the ATF do to protect us from violence,” he said. “They’re dedicated, they’re professional, and they’re effective.  They don’t write the laws; their mission every day is just to go out and enforce those laws and protect the public from a wide range of threats.” 

Dettelbach said the ATF plays an important role in protecting communities at a time when gun violence is out of control. 

“As we emerge from this pandemic, we’ve got to recognize that many Americans still face fear and isolation not because of a virus, but because of an epidemic of firearms violence,” Dettelbach said. “It’s not a new problem, and it has many causes. That’s why it’s going to take an all-hands-on-deck-partnership approach to address that issue. And the ATF will be there.”

Dettelbach, who ran an unsuccessful campaign to serve as attorney general in Ohio in 2018, has been working in the private sector for BakerHostetler.

Dettelbach is married with two children. 

The ATF’s acting director, Marvin G. Richardson, has been accused by gun control advocates of cozying up to the gun industry.

FBI Offers Reward for Information on Vandalism of Petroglyphs in New Mexico

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for vandalizing the Native American petroglyphs at La Cieneguilla near Santa Fe. 

Authorities say the petroglyphs, which date to between the 13th and 17th centuries, were spray painted. 

The vandalism occurred on or about Jan. 19. 

“Visitors from around the world come to New Mexico to admire wonderful Native American cultural resources like the La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs,” Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda of the Albuquerque FBI Division said in a statement. “It’s hard to believe someone would try to ruin these priceless works of art and show such disrespect for this area’s unique heritage. The FBI is asking anyone with information about this vandalism to come forward so we can ensure this crime doesn’t go unpunished.”

The property is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). 

“The impacts of damage to these petroglyphs reach beyond public enjoyment of the landscape; it destroys the tribal history within this sacred place,” BLM Taos Field Manager Pamela Mathis said. “Additionally, this atrocious act takes away from critical scientific, historical and social resources that society cannot recreate.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI at (800) CALL-FBI or online at tips.fbi.gov.