BREAKING: True the Vote leaders released from jail

The move comes hours after a judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ordered that Phillips and Engelbrecht be released.

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

On Monday, True the Vote leaders Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips were released from jail, after being held there for over a week for refusing to reveal a confidential informant.

Video circulating on social media showed the two walking out of the jail fence after spending a week there.

The move comes hours after a judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ordered that Phillips and Engelbrecht be released.

The two were arrested in late October after refusing to reveal the name of a confidential informant to Federal Judge Kenneth Hoyt.

Hoyt held the two in contempt of the court, ordering that they be placed in jail for at least one day, or until they divulge information regarding the informant.

Engelbrecht and Phillips testified that identifying the confidential informant would put his life at risk.

"Every name I give you gets doxxed and harassed," Engelbrecht said.

The arrest of the pair is the latest in a civil suit filed in September by Konnech, a Michigan-based company that provides software to elections offices regarding poll worker management, according to Votebeat Texas.

The company alleged that True the Vote made "baseless and racist" accusations against CEO Eugene Yu. Yu was later arrested and charged by the Los Angeles district attorney for allegedly storing government data in China, which is in breach of the company’s contract. LA officials reportedly received their initial tip regarding Yu from Phillips.

At the center of the issue was the name and contact information of individuals that the pair have stated were present in a Dallas hotel meeting in January 2021. Hoyt had ordered that Phillips and Engelbrecht turn over this information weeks ago.

While one name was given, up, the two refused to give additional details about that man, as well as the name and information of an additional confidential informant.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.


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