True the Vote leaders jailed after being present in contempt By Reuters

(Reuters) – Two leaders of a Texas nonprofit with a historical past of spreading false claims about voter fraud have been jailed on Monday for not complying with a decide’s order to establish an individual behind knowledge on the coronary heart of their claims of a conspiracy involving China.

U.S. District Decide Kenneth Hoyt ordered Gregg Phillips and Catherine Englebrecht, leaders of True the Vote, detained by U.S. Marshals “for one-day and additional till they totally adjust to the Court docket’s Order,” in accordance with a discover from the federal courtroom in Houston.

Hoyt, a Ronald Reagan appointee, had given Phillips and Englebrecht till a Monday morning listening to to establish a person who helped them entry knowledge associated to their allegations {that a} Michigan-based election software program firm had transferred delicate ballot employee info to China.

Phillips and Englebrecht declined to call the person, claiming their arms have been tied as a result of he’s an FBI informant, in accordance with an individual who attended the listening to. They have been escorted out of the courtroom by U.S. Marshals, the particular person mentioned.

Legal professionals for Phillips and Englebrecht didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Hoyt is overseeing a defamation case introduced final month by the election software program firm, Konnech Inc, in opposition to True the Vote and its principals over claims they made about Konnech and its founder, Eugene Yu. They alleged the corporate was holding private info on some 1.8 million ballot staff on a server in China and accused Yu, who immigrated to america a long time in the past, of being a Chinese language operative.

Their allegations triggered an investigation by the Los Angeles District Lawyer’s Workplace, which charged Yu with two felonies earlier this month. These allege Yu violated the corporate’s contract with Los Angeles County that restricts entry to ballot employee knowledge to residents and everlasting residents inside america.

Konnech and Yu have denied the allegations.

Yu’s arrest has been hailed by some right-wing organizations targeted on voter fraud as a vindication of their warnings concerning the vulnerability of U.S. election programs, together with to hacking by abroad adversaries like China.

On the identical time, the defamation case in Houston has raised questions concerning the knowledge backing True the Vote’s claims.

True the Vote’s analysis was behind the extensively discredited “2000 Mules” movie that claimed to have found widespread voter fraud through the 2020 presidential election.

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