Last Monday, True The Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht and cyber investigator Gregg Phillips were taken into custody on a contempt of court charge for refusing to divulge their source of information that election software company Konnech was allegedly storing American election-worker data on servers in China.
Ironically, Engelbrecht and Phillips had to spend last week behind bars while Konnech CEO Eugene Yu, after being indicted on the basis of the information the two provided to the court, has been out on a $500,000 bond and will remain at home, under house arrest, until his next hearing, set for November 17. Does anyone see something wrong with this picture?
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In breaking news, Engelbrecht and Phillips were released from jail Sunday. Catherine released a statement:
“Those who thought that imprisoning Gregg and I would weaken our resolve have gravely miscalculated. It is stronger than ever.
“The right to free and fair elections without interference is more important than our own discomforts and even this detention, now reversed by a higher court.
“We are profoundly grateful for that. We will continue to protect and defend those who do the vital work of election integrity, and we will make sure that their findings become a matter of public record.”
According to a comment on FREE REPUBLIC, President Trump had called for their release during a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday. But it was the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Southern Texas (True The Vote is Houston-based) that reversed Judge Kenneth Hoyt and let them out after six days.
True The Vote had appealed Judge Hoyt’s decision last Wednesday. Konnech vehemently opposed their release in a 25-page brief filed Saturday evening. The tactic seemed pretty rotten, especially when they said outlandish things like, “...Petitioners brazenly seek to strip the District Court of its contempt power.”
No, Petitioners didn’t. Petitioners were saying that it had been applied inappropriately in this case, and a higher court has since agreed. According to some reports, this might be the first time in U.S. history that Americans have been jailed in a federal civil defamation suit.
If you’d like to do a deep dive into the technical minutiae of the appeal, here are details of their attorney’s argument that their hesitancy to blow the covers of their sources was not contemptuous of the court...
During their imprisonment last week, True The Vote released a statement that appears on their website. Here’s what they said:
Catherine also released an update from jail last week. She apparently had to spend some time in solitary confinement, in an 8 x 10’ unlighted cinderblock cell. Catherine asked for prayers as she awaited the result of her appeal. She also noted that a patriot friend had set up a website to sell merchandise, the proceeds of which would will go towards their legal defense.
Utah Sen. Mike Lee, in an appearance with Maria Bartiromo on FOX NEWS’ SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES, spoke about plans the GOP has –- if (when!) they take Congress –- to get politics out of the FBI. Whistleblowers have been bringing to their attention a long list of issues. “The very first thing we need to do,” he said, “is hold a series of hearings and actually demand answers. We’ve got questions that have remained unanswered for years, from the abuse of Section 702, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, to unanswered questions on the raid on Mar-A-Lago, to...why the attorney general of the United States saw fit to issue a letter, a memorandum, essentially accusing moms and dads concerned about what their kids are being taught in public schools of being domestic terrorists of some sort.”
I know what you’re thinking. UGH, MORE HEARINGS. But they’re a necessary step for getting questions answered on the record, after which they move to the next phase, which Sen. Lee said “perhaps ought to involve some sort of restructuring.” (Perhaps??) Most of the agents are not politically motivated, he said, but “at headquarters, we’ve got problems...” I wish, though, that he'd had a more definitive answer about the quality of leadership the next Senate could count on from Sen. Mitch McConnell. Perhaps that was just because they ran out of time...