(WHAS11) -- Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been acquitted on an appeal.
The 85-year-old could be released from custody later this week. Mubarak was overthrown in 2011.
Now the interim President has been ousted which has caused a new wave of violence. And on Capitol Hill there is some disagreement about whether or not to cut off aid to Egypt because of the violence.
The fear in cutting off Egypt's aid is that Americans in Egypt will no longer be protected.
Officials are worried there would be an attack like the one in Libya in September 2012 that killed four Americans.
But some lawmakers say cutting off aid would earn us more respect and send a message.
"We do have influence, but when you don't use that influence, then you do not have that influence. We could be cutting off the aid, the spare parts and maintenance of these military equipment that we've given the Egyptians," Sen. John McCain said.
Mid-eastern countries like Saudi Arabia are all sticking with their aid and support of Egypt.
But the European Union is holding an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss what to do with the $6.7 billion in aid they send to Egypt every year.
"We'll make our own decisions here based on our own national security interests, our own concerns about regional stability, that review is ongoing,” Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman with the state department, said.
The White House says the decision is made based on what's in the best interest of our national security.
“This is a multifaceted relationship that we have with Egypt. We certainly value that relationship. I think it's fair to say Egyptians government does as well," Josh Earnest, White House Deputy Press Secretary, said.
Earnest says the other factor in the decision is what is required under the law.
The U.S. has already cut off joint military exercises with Egypt and delayed the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets.
But those steps have not changed anything.