Senator Burr Statement on Release of N.C. Pastor Andrew Brunson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson, who had been unjustly detained in Turkey for the last two years:

“I am incredibly grateful that Pastor Brunson has finally been released from his long and unjust detainment in Turkey. President Trump and his Administration made Pastor Brunson’s unconditional release a top priority, and I want to thank them for their tireless work on his behalf. Because of their efforts and strong pressure from Senators Thom Tillis, James Lankford and other members of Congress, an innocent man will soon be back home. Our prayers are with Pastor Brunson and his family as they celebrate his return and recover from this brutal ordeal.”

Pastor Brunson is from Black Mountain, North Carolina. A Presbyterian pastor, he worked peacefully as a Christian missionary in Turkey for 23 years before his arrest and detainment in October 2016.