True the Vote Founders Arrested After Chaotic Texas Court Hearing

The founders of the True the Vote group are now behind bars after facing contempt charges in court for refusing to name people who gave them information about a company that provides voting software.

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

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt ordered the couple to 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 give the court information the judge ordered them to release about the voting software company Konnech, according to the Texas Tribune.


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True the Vote had claimed that information about poll workers was stored on servers in China, and made further allegations against the company and Konnech CEO Eugene Yu. Konnech has sued them, saying the claims were false and the company had been 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. You have refused to do so.

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“Trust, honesty and respect will always be our highest values, both in our work and in our lives,” Englebrecht said in a statement, according to Law and Crime.

“As a result, we are being held in jail until we agree to disclose the name of an individual who we believe does not fall within the terms of the judge’s TRO,” the statement said, referring to one in the Complaint issued restraining order .

“We ask that you keep us in your prayers. Thank you to those who continue to support and believe in us and our mission to make elections safe for all parties and for all people,” the statement said.

Michael Wynne, an attorney for Engelbrecht and Phillips, said according to the Post that “we are looking at alternative remedies.”


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Katie Breen, a representative for True the Vote, said in a statement the group wanted Engelbrecht and Phillips’ “immediate release” and was appealing the verdict.

True the Vote collaborated with conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza on the documentary 2,000 Mules. The central premise of “2,000 Mules” is that an illegal ballot collection program allegedly took place during the 2020 general election in the main swing states of Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

These are all states that former President Donald Trump won in 2016 but passed to Democratic President Joe Biden in 2020. A “mule” is a term used in the film for those allegedly paid to repeatedly pick up stacks of ballots and place them in drop boxes.

True the Vote said it used cell phone geotracking data to identify people who went to 10 or more mailboxes and visited five or more non-governmental organizations working on voter turnout during the 2020 election. Politifact and The Associated Press have claimed that geotracking is not a reliable way to determine whether mules are actually delivering ballots illegally. True the Vote Founders Arrested After Chaotic Texas Court Hearing

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