In an April Democratic debate, Obama deflected Clinton's attacks on his relationship with former Weather Underground member William Ayers by noting that her husband, President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonCould the coming 'red wave' election become a 'red tsunami'? Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket A year into his presidency, Biden is polling at an all-time low MORE, pardoned one member of the group and commuted the sentence of another.
"[B]y Senator Clinton's own vetting standards, I don't think she would make it," Obama said, "since President Clinton pardoned or commuted the sentences of two members of the Weather Underground, which I think is a slightly more significant act than me serving on a board with somebody for actions that he did 40 years ago."
But Holder participated in the pardon and commutation, the RNC alleged in a memo to reporters today.
The RNC cited Justice Department procedure, which calls for the deputy attorney general to sign all letters of advice to the president recommending decisions on clemency petitions. An attorney working under the deputy attorney general reviews clemency petitions and drafts the letters.
Since Holder served as deputy attorney general when President Clinton granted clemency to the two radicals, the RNC alleged, he must have participated in the decisions, revealing Obama's hypocrisy in the RNC's eyes.