Tillis, Lankford

Executive Session (Brennan Nomination)

Senator Tillis: (11:43 a.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Pastor Andrew Brunson.
    • "He's been in prison for 580 days. I went to Turkey about six weeks ago to visit Pastor Brunson in prison because I heard about being in prison for a year and a half and for much of that time in a cell designed for eight people and had 21 people in it, he was indicted. I heard that he was afraid that the American people was going to read that 62-page bogus indictment with some of the flimsyiest charges that you can imagine. About two months ago he got indicted. He said to his wife and friends that he was afraid the American people would read that indictment and turn their back on him."


Senator Lankford: (11:50 a.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Pastor Andrew Brunson.
    • "And literally under Dr. Brunson's feet, Turkey shifted from where they were to we don't recognize them anymore as a NATO ally. In October of 2016, Dr. Brunson was called by the police department there, assuming it was an immigration issue. He and his wife went because they had gone multiple times to the police department to be able to renew their visa and keep up to date. They had a great relationship with the local police department and all the authorities because they had been there for two decades and had developed great friendships. So they went to check in. But this time instead of just checking in again for an immigration issue, they took them into custody, without any charges and held them for a year with no charges."