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McHenry on the Release of Pastor Andrew Brunson


Washington, October 12, 2018 - Today, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement on the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson:

“For two years we have called for the release of Pastor Brunson—a law-abiding American citizen and Tenth District constituent. Today, our prayers have finally been answered. I’m thankful for the combined efforts of bipartisan members of Congress, President Trump, Secretary Pompeo and all those who worked with us to right this injustice and finally set Pastor Brunson free.”

Background: Pastor Brunson, who is originally from Black Mountain, North Carolina, was imprisoned in Turkey on October 7, 2016. On March 13, 2018, Pastor Brunson was issued an indictment filled with bogus charges relating to terrorism and espionage. In May, a bipartisan group of 154 Representatives, led by McHenry and Congressman David Price (D, NC-04), sent a letter denouncing the wrongful imprisonment of Pastor Brunson. You can read the letter by clicking here. McHenry also called for the release of Pastor Brunson in a June speech on the House Floor, which you can click here to watch.

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