Republicans slam administration decision

Top ranking House Republicans accused President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGOP rep: North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight Iran's president warns US will pay 'high cost' if Trump ditches nuclear deal MORE of "reverting to a dangerous pre-9/11 mentality" Friday after reports surfaced that Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderJuan Williams: Momentum builds against gerrymandering GOP worries as state Dems outperform in special elections House votes to curb asset seizures MORE intended to prosecute professed Sept. 11 terror mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed in civilian court.

Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate MORE (R-Ohio) called the decision "irresponsible (because it) ... puts the interests of liberal special interest groups before the safety and security of the American people. The possibility that Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his co-conspirators could be found ‘not guilty’ due to some legal technicality just blocks from Ground Zero should give every American pause."

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John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate MORE was joined by a chorus of prominent senior House Republicans equally as dismayed with the decision, announced by Holder at a press conference on Friday.

Armed Services Committee ranking member Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) called the decision "dangerous."

The al-Qaeda propaganda leader has been held in the Navy detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since 2003, and Mohammed told a military judge of his intention to plead guilty to charges that he orchestrated 9/11 and other attacks against the United States.

Obama was asked about the story at a press conference in Japan, where he is participating in a global economic summit.

Obama deferred to Holder, but said, "I am absolutely convinced that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be subject to the most exacting demands of justice. The American people will insist on it and my administration will insist on it."

That response didn't sit well with Rep. Frank WolfFrank WolfTrump, global religious freedom needs US ambassador to lead Bottom Line 10 most expensive House races MORE (R-Va.), the senior GOP appropriator on the subcommittee with oversight of the FBI and Justice Department.

Wolf called the decision "crazy."

“It could jeopardize the security of the United States,” Wolf said.

Wolf noted that KSM will not be held in a supermax while on trial, which could last for as many as five years.

“This is the guy that beheaded Danny Pearl. He is the mastermind behind 9-11,” the senior lawmaker told The Hill in an interview. Mohammed has reportedly confessed to killing the Wall Street Journal reporter in 2002.

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-Texas) echoed in a statement concerns that "the Obama administration’s decision to bring the 9-11 conspirators to the U.S. to stand trial could endanger the American people.

"The Obama administration has yet to respond to concerns about what to do with terrorists once they have served their sentences," Smith said. "Will they be deported? Will they be released into American communities? The administration’s inability to articulate a plan for closing Gitmo gives me no confidence that they will come up with answers to these pressing questions. The American people must be reassured that no terrorist will ever be released into our communities."