HOUSTON, TX – On Monday morning, True the Vote leaders Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips were both arrested by US Marshals during a court hearing for refusing to name an informant.
The two were held in contempt of court Monday morning during the lawsuit filed against them by Konnech, an election management software company who True the Vote claimed was involved in election interference in the 2020 election, alleging defamation and computer hacking by Engelbrecht and Phillips.
Previously, True the Vote’s attorney Brock Akers had released the name of an informant, Mike Hasson, who was said to have revealed information to them in early 2021 in a Dallas hotel that proved Konnech’s involvement in said election interference. During his testimony last Thursday, Phillips mentioned a third person having been in that room, who he said was an analyst and an FBI informant.
Neither Phillips nor Engelbrecht would not honor U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt’s demand for them to name that informant, as their new attorney, Michael Wynne, said. They told the judge that the informant was in danger from drug cartels, and also that Hasson had suffered threats of violence against him and his family after his identity was released.
Their former attorney, Akers, has apparently withdrawn from the case, as he is on a prolonged cruise vacation in the Mediterranean.
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Independent journalist Ivory Hecker said that there is reason to believe True the Vote actually did have access to the data. Hecker said on Twitter, “Judge says he never got a straight answer on who was in the Dallas hotel room January, 2021, and he doesn’t know how many people were there. Judge says the way Phillips and Engelbrecht talked suggests True the Vote did have access to the hacked computer data, though they deny it.”
According to the Texas Tribune, Phillips and Engelbrecht “will remain in jail until they release the name of the man.”
In early October, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced charges against Konnech CEO Eugene Yu for allegedly storing US government data in China and for theft of personal data. “Data breaches are an ongoing threat to our digital way of life,” the DA said at the time. When we entrust a company to hold our confidential data, they must be willing and able to protect our personal identifying information from theft. Otherwise, we are all victims.”
Wynne entered more than two dozen pages of evidence, presumably showing True the Vote did not have access to the data, including dozens of text messages between Engelbrecht and what she said were FBI agents. Affidavits from Phillips and Engelbrecht, along with the details of Yu’s arrest, were also included. Hoyt, however, said that those details were irrelevant.
Votebeat reported that Engelbrecht acknowledged the fact that she could be sentenced to time in jail if she refused to name the informant. Even still, she said, “I can’t reveal his name.” She also said, according to the Houston Chronicle, “Every name I give you gets doxxed and harassed.”
Over the weekend, True the Vote posted on social media, “Hi friends. Writing on the eve of what appears to be jail time. Still praying it doesn’t happen. But if it does, be assured we won’t be gone forever.”
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32,” the group posted to Truth Social on Sunday. They also asked for donations, which can be made HERE.