We reported recently that Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich had asked the FBI and IRS to investigate the Houston-based vote integrity organization True The Vote, which continues to look into the 2020 election. Here's that story if you didn't see it...
On Monday morning, that group was hit again.
In an act reminiscent of the 1950s McCarthy era, Gregg Phillips and Catherine Engelbrecht of True The Vote have been arrested and jailed for refusing to name a person of interest in the defamation and computer hacking case against them, someone they claim is a confidential FBI informant. They were found in contempt of court last Thursday and, on Monday, taken into custody by U.S. Marshals. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt for the Southern District of Texas ordered that they be held in jail –- no bail –- for “a day or more,” until they reveal the identity of this informant.
Phillips and Engelbrecht had testified that identifying their source would put his life at risk. “Every name I give you gets doxxed and harassed,” Engelbrecht told the judge.
They’d been asked to reveal this name as part of a lawsuit by Michigan-based election software company Konnech, which sells election software, not to count votes but to manage poll workers and the logistics of elections. The CEO of Konnech, Eugene Yu, fled to California with his family after True The Vote made, he claims, “baseless and racist” accusations that led to death threats against him and his family. But Yu was arrested just outside of Lansing, Michigan, and charged by the Los Angeles DA with storing data on American election workers in China, which is in breach of the company’s contract --- not to mention a very bad idea! He faces federal charges of grand theft by embezzlement and conspiracy to commit a crime. He posted bail and is back in Michigan but wearing an ankle monitor. This would seem to lend some credibility to the True The Vote accusers, who were reportedly the ones who tipped off LA officials.
True The Vote was allegedly given proof that Yu had done this at a meeting in a Dallas hotel room in January 2021. Phillips and Engelrecht went on to accuse Yu of being a member of the Chinese Communist Party and alleged that China had used the data to influence the 2020 election.
The LA TIMES put it this way (and keep in mind, this is the LA TIMES): “Election deniers have claimed that the small company has ties to the Chinese Communist Party and gave the Chinese government access to the personal information of a million poll workers, according to the NEW YORK TIMES report, which said there was no evidence of these claims.” Of course, by “election deniers,” they mean True The Vote. And be advised: any time the phrase “election deniers” appears in a news story, that means it is not a real news story.
Anyway, on October 6, the judge pressed them for the name but they would not comply. Earlier this month, their attorney Brock Akers –-who apparently is now their former attorney –- gave the judge the name of another computer analyst apparently involved as well, Mike Hasson, but said he was in danger from forces within the CCP and offered no way to contact him or any other identifying information about him. Last week, back in court, Phillips and Engelbrecht were represented by a different Houston attorney, Michael Wynn, who told the court Akers was on vacation in the Mediterranean and was withdrawing from the case. The confidential informant, presumably another analyst besides Hasson, remains unidentified.
We hope that by the time you read this, these two advocates for election integrity are out of the slammer. If you’d like to delve further into this complicated story, VOTEBEAT has done a good job of sorting out the details.