True the Vote Founders Arrested After Chaotic Texas Court Hearing


The founders of the group True the Vote are now behind bars after being found in contempt of court for refusing to name people who gave it information concerning a company that provides software used in elections.

Founders Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips were locked up in Houston, according to The Washington Post.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt ordered that the pair be held for at least a day or “until they fully comply with the Court’s Order,” Hoyt wrote, according to KXAS-TV.

Engelbrecht and Phillips have refused to tell the court information the judge has ordered them to produce concerning elections software company Konnech, according to the Texas Tribune.


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True the Vote had claimed information on poll workers was being stored on servers in China and made other allegations against the company and Konnech chief executive Eugene Yu. Konnech has sued them, saying the claims are false and that the company was defamed, according to The Washington Post.

As part of that lawsuit, Hoyt ordered Engelbrecht and Phillips to provide the names of several people who gave them information about Konnech. They have refused to do so.

On Thursday, in a court session described by the Texas Tribune as “chaotic,” Engelbrecht explained her refusal to divulge names.

“Every name I give you gets doxxed and harassed. I know what happened to Mike after his name was released and he’s in hiding,” she said referring to a man named Mike Hasson whose name was divulged, but no other information about him was given.

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She and Phillips said a second person at a key meeting at which information was shared was a “confidential informant” for the FBI. Neither would give that individual’s name.

“Trust, honesty and respect will always be our highest values, regarding both our work and our lives,”  Englebrecht…


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