Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday if Russian President Vladimir Putin is going to surrender for war crimes, now that US President Joe Biden called for prosecution.
Doocy asked about the practical implications of Biden’s statement earlier Monday that Putin is a war criminal because of alleged atrocities in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha. Biden said Putin was guilty – but then added there must be a trial.
It’s unclear how such a statement would be enforced, without the United States winning a war on Russia, or without the Russians ousting their own leader and reporting him to the International Criminal Court (ICC) — to which the United States United are not party.
The exchange between Doocy and Psaki was as follows (via White House transcript):
Q Thank you, Jen. So President Biden is talking about putting Putin on a [war crime] test. Does he expect Putin to surrender to stand trial? Or does he think someone is going to have to go to Russia and arrest him?
MRS. PSAKI: Well, without getting into the mechanics – which I know were the good questions everyone was asking our national security adviser – there is precedent in the past for how this process can work.
We’re not going to prejudge whether the process would work or — or what steps would be taken — under an international legal process.
So that’s not quite where we are right now, Peter, and I can’t give you an idea of the mechanics of – of, if convicted, what would happen.
PSAki also did not explain why Putin would agree to peace talks to end the war in Ukraine if the United States and others prosecute him for war crimes.
There is no previous example of a nuclear-armed power willingly handing over its own leaders to prosecution. There is also no guarantee that Putin would not use weapons of mass destruction if he believed his own life or freedom were at stake.
It’s also unclear why, if the US views Putin as a ‘war criminal’ and believes Russia has committed war crimes in Ukraine, the Biden administration is willing to cooperate with the Putin regime to conclude a new nuclear deal with Iran.
Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.
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