The Republican National Committee (RNC) alleged today that former Deputy Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderVoter suppression bills are the first move in a bigger battle Holder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ Senate panel dukes it out over voting rights MORE, a member of Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMinneapolis mayor on Floyd: 'Ultimately his life will have bettered our city' Lawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' Obamas praise Floyd jury, urge more action: 'We cannot rest' MORE's vice presidential search committee, participated in the pardon of one former Weather Underground member and the commutation of another's prison sentence, revealing Obama's hypocrisy in criticizing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) for her husband's extension of clemency to the two radicals.

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 ClintonThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Tensions rise as U.S. waits for Derek Chauvin verdict Obama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Polls suggest House Democrats will buck midterm curse and add to their ranks 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.