PunditFact busted Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro with a big old “false” for claiming that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was “released by Obama in 2009.”
On June 14, failed Republican candidate for New York Attorney General in 2006 and now legal analyst and host of Fox’s Justice with Judge Jeanine, Jeanine Pirro blamed Barack Obama for the “New Bin Laden Terrorizing Iraq”, saying he was released by Obama in 2009. Pirro warned her audience in pure Republican fear-mongering style, “Yes indeed, you need to be worried.”
Since this is Fox News, you know where this is going. That’s right: This claim is false.
The “New Bin Laden” was actually released under Bush in 2004 according to the Defense Department. But even if he had been released under Obama, the U.S.-Iraq agreement behind the release took place during the Bush administration.