John 18:39; John 19:10; John 19:12
"But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover; do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews?"
So Pilate said to Him, "You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?"
As a result of this Pilate made efforts to release Him, but the Jews cried out saying, "If you release this Man, you are no friend of Caesar; everyone who makes himself out to be a king opposes Caesar."