On Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden essentially apologized to Turkey for President Obama’s inability to unilaterally extradite a man the Turkish government blames for the recent coup. He did, however, promise that the regime would do all it can to cooperate with the Turkish government.
Biden claimed that the rule of law is a foundational principle of both Turkish and American societies.
“Gulen, Mr. Prime Minister, I understand the intense feeling your government and the people of Turkey have about him. We are cooperating. We are cooperating with Turkish authorities. Our legal experts are working right now with their Turkish counterparts on the production of and the evaluation of material and evidence that needs to be supplied to an American court to meet the requirements under our law in the Extradition Treaty to extradite Gulen. And we’re going to continue to do so as you continue to bring forward additional information. We have no, no, no, no interest whatsoever in protecting anyone who has done harm to an ally. None. But we need to meet the legal standard requirement under our law.”
He wasn’t finished bowing and scraping.
“Under American law, no President of the United States has the authority to extradite anyone on his own power. That, only an American court can do that. Were a president to attempt to do that, it would be an impeachable offense. But we have no reason to do anything other than cooperate with you and take every substantiating fact and make it available to the extent it exists to an American court,” Biden said.
Here’s video of Biden’s statement:
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