GOP chairmen implore White House not to release blind sheikh

“Succumbing to the demands of a country whose citizens threaten our embassy and the Americans serving in it would send a clear message that acts of violence will be responded to with acts of appeasement rather than strength,” wrote Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), Pete King (R-N.Y.), Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), Frank WolfFrank Rudolph WolfBolton could be the first national security chief to prioritize religious freedom House votes to mandate sexual harassment training for members and staff Trump, global religious freedom needs US ambassador to lead MORE (R-Va.) and Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerTrump gives jolt to push for military ‘space force’ Overnight Defense: Pompeo brings hawkish Iran stance to State | Air Force ducks on 'space force' | Senate eyes vote on US role in Yemen war | Perry doesn't want to be VA chief Air Force leaders sidestep question on Trump's 'space force' MORE (R-Texas).

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“The release of Abdel-Rahman or any terrorist who plots to kill innocent Americans would be seen for it is — a sign of weakness and lack of resolve by the United States and its president.”

Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the National Security Council, rebutted any rumors or news reports that the United States is considering the release of Rahman in exchange for heightened security measures.

“There are no plans to release the blind sheikh or transfer him to Egypt,” said Veitor. “Reports to the contrary are absolutely baseless.”

Last week, riots erupted at the U.S. Embassy in Egypt and the U.S. Consulate in Libya. No one was killed in Egypt, but four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, were murdered in Libya.