A Texas teenager tipped off FBI about his father’s role in the US Capitol riot – and said he would do it again.
18-year-old Jackson Reffitt said he had not spoken with his father, Guy Reffitt, since his arrest.
“It was my moral compass … to do what I thought would protect not only my family, but my dad himself,” Jackson said.
“I would do it again.”
“He would always tell me that he’s going to do something big,” he added.
“I assumed he was going to do something big, and I didn’t know what.”
The elder Reffitt threatened Jackson, saying that he would have no choice but to do his “duty” for his country and “do what he had to do.”
“If you turn me in, you’re a traitor. And you know what happens to traitors. Traitors get shot,” Guy said to his son.
Guy, who was arrested on January 16, was a member of a far-right militia group called the Three Percenters.
He now faces charges of obstruction of justice and of knowingly entering a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority.
Jackson said he is unsure if his father knew that he reported him to the authorities.
“I am afraid for him to know,” he said.
“Not for my life or anything, but for what he might think.”
Despite his fears, Jackson is hopeful that his relationship with his father could be repaired.
“We’ll get better over time,” he said. “I know we will.”
Jackson clarified that his mother and two sisters “had no idea what I had done”, until the saw him in the news.
Jackson left his family’s home and declined to say where he was staying for fear of his safety.
“I put my emotions behind me to do what I thought was right,” he said.
While he does not regret his actions, he said, “He’s still family, and it’s still weird.”