President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke by cellphone Wednesday (July 6) with Cherelle Griner, the spouse of Brittney Griner, who has been detained in a Russian jail since February.
“The President supplied his help to Cherelle and Brittney’s household, and he dedicated to making sure they’re supplied with all attainable help whereas his administration pursues each avenue to carry Brittney house,” the White Home stated in a readout of the decision, per The Hill.
“The President referred to as Cherelle to reassure her that he’s working to safe Brittney’s launch as quickly as attainable, in addition to the discharge of Paul Whelan and different US nationals who’re wrongfully detained or held hostage in Russia and world wide. He additionally learn her a draft of the letter the President is sending to Brittney Griner at present,” the White Home added, in keeping with CNN.
Wednesday’s cellphone name got here shortly after Griner’s spouse stated in a Tuesday (July 5) interview with CBS that it was “very disheartening” to not have heard from Biden straight since her spouse’s detainment.
Over the weekend, Brittney Griner wrote to Biden, urging him to carry her and different detainees house.
“[A]s I sit right here in a Russian jail, alone with my ideas and with out the safety of my spouse, household, associates, Olympic jersey, or any accomplishments, I’m terrified I is perhaps right here eternally,” Griner wrote to Biden in excerpts of the letter shared publicly. “I notice you’re coping with a lot, however please don’t overlook about me and the opposite American Detainees. Please do all you may to carry us house. I voted for the primary time in 2020 and I voted for you. I consider in you. I nonetheless have a lot good to do with my freedom you could assist restore. I miss my spouse! I miss my household! I miss my teammates! It kills me to know they’re struggling a lot proper now. I’m grateful for no matter you are able to do at this second to get me house.”
Griner was first detained by authorities on February 17 after vape cartridges with cannabis oil have been allegedly present in her bag at a Russian airport. The U.S. State Division formally deemed Griner as “wrongfully detained” in Could and handed her case to the State Division Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs (SPEHA).
As tensions rise between the U.S. and Russia amid the invasion of Ukraine, officers have accused the nation of utilizing the WNBA participant’s detention as leverage.
The basketball star faces as much as 10 years of jail if she’s convicted of the costs towards her.
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