Biden falsely claims Obama gave 18,000 people clemency, was actually less than 2,000
Biden was on the defensive during an exchange with town hall moderator Lester Holt, who pressed the Democratic nominee about his criminal justice record, invoking the inaction when Democrats controlled the White House and both chambers of Congress while President Trump signed the First Step Act into law.
“[Trump] points to the Criminal Justice Reform Bill. As you and Barack Obama served at a time when you had both houses of Congress and still couldn’t get some of these things done,” Holt said.
“Yeah we did,” Biden pushed back. “We led- 18,000 people got clemency.”
Well, analysis from The Federalist shows that Biden’s estimate was off by nearly 90 percent.
Statistics from The Department of Justice show only 1,715 people were granted clemency during all eight years of the Obama administration and an additional 212 were granted pardons.
The DOJ documented that 18,749 clemency requests were denied by the Obama administration.
“Despite Biden’s incorrect overstatement of his clemency-granting record, his false comments received no pushback from Holt,” Federalist staff writer Jordan Davidson pointed out.