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Republicans slam administration decision

Top ranking House Republicans accused President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE of "reverting to a dangerous pre-9/11 mentality" Friday after reports surfaced that Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderPavlich: The claim Trump let the mentally ill get guns is a lie Pennsylvania Supreme Court releases new congressional map 36 people who could challenge Trump in 2020 MORE intended to prosecute professed Sept. 11 terror mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed in civilian court.

Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRestoring fiscal sanity requires bipartisan courage GOP congressman slams primary rival for Ryan donations Speculation swirls about Kevin McCarthy’s future 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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BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRestoring fiscal sanity requires bipartisan courage GOP congressman slams primary rival for Ryan donations Speculation swirls about Kevin McCarthy’s future 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 Rudolph WolfHouse votes to mandate sexual harassment training for members and staff Trump, global religious freedom needs US ambassador to lead Bottom Line 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."