Turkey's roundup of thousands of people after Friday night's failed coup is necessary to restore security to the country, a senior advisor and counsel to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Monday.
"The country's just had a coup — a violent coup. A coup where tanks literally trammeled over civilians. There were hundreds of deaths, hundreds of injuries," Robert Amsterdam said in an interview with CNBC's "Power Lunch."
The broad crackdown by Turkey and its calls to reinstate the death penalty for plotters drew concern from Western allies who said the government must uphold the rule of law in the country, a NATO member that is one of Washington's most powerful Muslim allies.
Some voiced concern Erdogan was using the opportunity to consolidate his power and further a process of stifling dissent which has already caused tensions with Europe.