by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 27, 2022) — On October 7, Votebeat Texas reported that non-profit election-integrity organization TruetheVote.org (TTV) was ordered by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt in a defamation case to “turn over any Konnech data the organization still had, and disclose the name of the individuals who’d helped them obtain it” or face a finding of contempt of court.
The order emanated from a complaint filed by the plaintiff, Konnech, Inc., for defendant TTV’s alleged failure to adhere to a temporary restraining order (TRO) prohibiting it “from releasing any of Konnech’s data” as well as to provide certain information to the plaintiff.
Late last month, Michigan-based Konnech sued TruetheVote, claiming the organization defamed it by stating at a public-private event termed, “The Pit” on August 13 that Konnech, an elections software company, had illegally stored data concerning U.S. election workers on Chinese servers.
On October 4, Konnech CEO Eugene Wu was arrested in Michigan at the request of Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon for “the possible theft of personal identifying information of those workers.”
In a press release the same day, TTV claimed it “played a small role in what must have been a wide ranging and complex investigation,” referring to Gascon’s press release detailing Wu’s arrest.
According to Votebeat Texas, on October 7 TTV’s counsel provided the name of the source from whom TTV received evidence that U.S. election data was transferred to Chinese servers by writing it on a piece of paper and handing it to Hoyt out of fear that publicity could endanger the individual.
TTV’s counsel claimed its client provided the evidence of Konnech’s improper storage of poll-worker information to the FBI and that the Bureau is investigating.
On Monday evening, TTV founder Catherine Engelbrecht announced in a livestream that a hearing in the case would take place on Thursday and suggested that Americans residing in counties utilizing Konnech’s software, PollChief, “file a complaint” for possible “identity fraud.”
On Thursday evening, Engelbrecht posted on TruthSocial, “We spoke truth in court today. I won’t elaborate on it any further because you’ve no doubt seen the news. No matter what happens to us, do not take your eyes off midterms – stay engaged, continue to encourage people to vote, serve where you can. And keep the faith. Always. Will keep you posted as we are able.”
Approximately two hours prior, Engelbrecht’s colleague, Gregg Phillips, wrote, “Doing the right [sic] isn’t always easy but it’s always right. We were held in contempt of court because they refused to burn a confidential informant for our researchers. We go to jail on Monday unless we comply.”
In a tweet time-stamped “6:55 p.m.,” Twitter user “UK Neil” wrote, “Happening now: True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips leave federal court in Houston. Judge Hoyt ended the day saying he is holding them in contempt & will have US Marshals ready for arrest 10/31 unless they ‘cure it.’”
Other than UK Neil’s tweet, media coverage of the development appeared to be nonexistent on Thursday night.
Shortly after 9:00 p.m. EDT, a reliable source confirmed a text conversation in which Engelbrecht confirmed UK Neil’s report.