President Trump and his administration have been working on this release with Turkey for quite sometime.
Brunson faced charges related to terrorism following the failed coup attempt on Turkish President Erdogan in 2016. The putsch attempted was launched by the Turkish military in a coordinated operation across the country to topple the government and remove Erdogan from power. Details around the night of the coup remain complex but in the months following more than 50,000 people were arrested.
Brunson was one of a number of Americans charged with plotting to overthrow the government. If he had been found guilty, Brunson could have spent up to 35 years in a Turkish prison.
The pastor has been at the heart of a diplomatic spat between the two countries, resulting in both the US and Turkey placing sanctions on each other.