US sending delegation to Turkey to weigh extradition of cleric: report
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A U.S. delegation consisting of Justice and State Department officials will fly to Turkey to investigate accusations that the exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen is responsible for orchestrating an attempted military coup in the country, according to a report by Reuters.

"U.S officials, including representatives of the Departments of Justice and State, have offered to consult with the Turkish government," an anonymous Justice Department official told the news source.


"We can confirm that a delegation (with) representatives of the Department of Justice and State will visit Turkey," the official added, declining to specify a date for the scheduled meeting.

Immediately following the coup, the Turkish government blamed the cleric, who emigrated to the U.S. in 1999, of planning and organizing the failed revolt that was quickly suppressed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

However, American officials have maintained that extradition or any other action against the cleric would require a high threshold of evidence that would prove Gulen's involvement in the coup.

"We need to see genuine evidence that withstands the standard of scrutiny that exists in many countries' system of law with respect to the issue of extradition," John KerryJohn Forbes KerrySeinfeld's Jason Alexander compares Trump dance video to iconic Elaine dance This time, for Democrats, Catholics matter President's job approval is surest sign Trump will lose reelection MORE said following Turkey's extradition request in July. 
"If it meets that standard, there's nothing — there's no interest we have in standing in the way of appropriately honoring the treaty that we have with Turkey."

Gulen has strongly denied any involvement in the failed coup that claimed over 200 military and civilian lives.
During the past month, Turkey has undergone a series of military and civil purges that saw nearly 60,000 people fired or arrested in connection with the coup.