Guy Reffitt’s children on witness list for January 6 first trial

Man identified as Guy Wesley Reffitt

Family drama is sure to permeate the first trial for the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol.

Two children of an accused militia member Guy Refitincluding the son who reported his father to the FBI, will be called as government witnesses, prosecutors confirmed in a filing Monday.

Linked to the Three Percenters militia group, Texan father Reffitt memorably told his children in the days after Jan. 6 that “traitors get shot.”

His son Jackson Refit had previously reported his father to the FBI with concerns about his increasingly violent rhetoric. When the FBI called him to ask if his father was at the Capitol on Jan. 6, Jackson, despite Reffitt’s threat, said yes.

Prosecutors say Reffitt was armed when he joined the hundreds of donald trump supporters who swarmed the police and entered the building in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying Joe Bidenin the 2020 presidential election. The charges against him include obstructing an official process of Congress, obstructing justice by physical force or threat of physical force, and entering or staying in a building or restricted terrain with a deadly or dangerous weapon.

His trial is due to begin on February 28. It will be the first case in the government’s sprawling prosecution of the January 6 defendants.

In the government witness list filed Monday, prosecutors describe Jackson as follows:

“JR is the accused’s son. He was 18 in January 2021. He will explain that he first contacted the FBI about his father in December 2020. He will further explain that he knew his father had left the family home in Texas to traveling to Washington, DC, and that her father sent group text messages to the family while he was away. JR will present two such texts, beginning around January 7, 2021: Ex. 212.1, in which the defendant sends a link to a segment of Fox News representing the defendant, and Ex. 212.2, in which the defendant surrounds himself in yellow on news segment videos.

JR will explain that using his cell phone, he recorded his father talking to the family while he was at home around January 9 and 10, 2021. He will present and authenticate five of these audio recordings: Exs. 214 to 218. When playing these five audio files for the jury, the government intends to display the corresponding transcripts (Exs. 214T to 218T) to facilitate the understanding of the jury.

J.R. will further testify about a threat the defendant made to him which, after the defendant returned to Texas from Washington, D.C., regarding cooperation with the FBI investigation into the events at the Capitol on January 6 2021. He will testify to the words the accused used, why he perceived them as a threat and took them seriously, and the steps he took to ensure his own safety after the incident.

The government will also call Reffitt’s daughter, Peyton Refitto testify to his father’s alleged threats.

“PR is the accused’s daughter. She was 16 in January 2021. The government generally expects her to testify that she was with her brother and father in the family kitchen when she overheard her father telling them that if they reported him to the law enforcement, they would be traitors, and that traitors get shot. She will also testify that she believed the defendant intended to intimidate her and her brother into not contacting the police or the FBI about the defendant’s involvement in the Capitol riot.

The role of the Reffitt children as government witnesses highlights the painful family dynamics that propelled the Reffitt family into the public eye. According to a detailed profile from VICE News, Jackson’s decision to report his father to federal authorities practically tore the family apart. He cut off almost all contact with the family, while his sisters, Peyton and Sarah Refitdefended their father, although they said they did not support his decision to go to the Capitol on January 6, and they indicated that they believe that Reffitt, who has been detained since his arrest in January 2021, is a “political prisoner,” according to the VICE News report.

Refits wife, Nicole Refit, fully supports her husband’s decision to go to the Capitol and told VICE News that he has his guns with him simply because he always travels with them; at the same time, according to the story, she doesn’t blame Jackson for calling the feds.

Another notable witness on the government list is a man identified only as RH who claims to be part of the Three Percenters, a militia that bases its name on the false belief that the number of Americans who fought the British during the British War independence stood at just three percent of the population at the time.

“RH, another member of the defendant’s Texas Three Percenter militia group, traveled with the defendant from Texas to Washington, D.C., and back between January 4 and January 8, 2021. He will testify as to how he knows the accused, his discussions with the accused, their travel arrangements, the firearms and tactical equipment of the accused, and the movements and actions of the accused.

RH will also testify that he was granted immunity for his testimony and will submit a letter of immunity from the government (exhibit 405).

Another name on the witness list is Special Agent Laird High Towerwho will testify about the type of holster Reffitt was seen wearing at the Capitol on Jan. 6. U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedricha Trump appointee, recently ruled that prosecutors can call Hightower as a witness.

[Images via court filings/FBI.]

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