Speaking to CNN’s Don Lemon, the Texas congressman said the US embassy had requested consulate access to it but had been denied access for three weeks.
Allred acknowledged that a Russian invasion of Ukraine loomed “over the issue” of Grenier’s return to the United States.
“For Britney’s sake, we don’t want her to become a part of this kind of political battle going on, we want to make sure that her rights are respected and that we are able to access her, and that one can get through the process and go home as quickly as possible,” Allred told CNN on Thursday.
Allred said Griner has been in contact with her Russian lawyer, who has been in contact with her agent and family back home.
“We know she’s fine,” Allred said, adding that he had also been in contact with the player’s agent.
CNN has contacted Russian officials and the US Embassy in Moscow to comment on Griner’s arrival at the Consulate but received no response.
“They should just know that our government, the State Department, and people like me in Congress on the Foreign Affairs Committee, will do everything we can to get her home, to bring home any other unjustly detained American.” Allred said, speaking of the families of Americans in state custody.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a news briefing Friday that the State Department is “working hard” on the Grenier case.
“We have been in close contact with those around her, we are providing all appropriate support and will continue to do so,” he said, but declined to elaborate.
Griner’s whereabouts are unknown to the public. CNN has contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment but has not heard back.
“Our diplomatic relations with Russia do not exist at the moment,” Democratic Representative John Garamendi of California told CNN on Monday.
“Maybe during the various negotiations that might take place, you might be able to be one of the solutions. I don’t know.”
He also noted that “Russia has some very strict rules and laws about LGBT people” – although it’s not clear if these rules and laws might affect Grenier’s case.
Russia has passed LGBT legislation and banned “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations around minors”.
“People say ‘stay busy.’ However, there is no mission in this world that can stop any of us from worrying about you. My heart and ours all take a beating every passing day,” Cherelle Griner posted on Monday.
“There are no words to express this pain. I am hurting, we are hurting.”
Over the weekend, she thanked supporters and demanded privacy “while we continue to work to get my wife home safely.”
CNN’s Melissa Alonso, Lucy Kavanov, Wayne Sterling, Rosa Flores, Lisa France, Chris Boyett and Shenelle Woody contributed to this report.
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