George Washington University’s Program on Extremism is hosting an archive of legal documents related to cases arising out of the 2021 Capitol Insurrection. It is currently tracking federal and non-federal cases involving 99 people allegedly involved in the US Capitol attack.
Guy Reffitt, a Texas resident, was recently arrested by the FBI and charged with being unlawfully in the US Capitol on January 6, along with obstruction of justice. The obstruction of justice stems from Reffitt’s decision to threaten his family if they turned him in or provided the FBI with information about him.
Come for the crazy MAGA riot, stay for the federal obstruction charge.
On January 16, 2021, FBI agents executed a search warrant on REFFITT’s home in Wylie, Texas. Present during the execution of the search warrant were REFFITT, REFFITT’s spouse (Spouse), and REFFITT’s minor daughter (Daughter). REFFITT’s adult son (Son) came to the house during the execution of the search warrant. FBI agents arrested REFFITT on the outstanding arrest warrant for Unlawful Entry that was issued on January 15, 2021.
Son provided the following information: Son usually lived at the house, but sometimes stayed elsewhere. Son was present on the night of January 8, 2021, when REFFITT and another man drove up in Spouse’s car. On that night and in the ensuing days, REFFITT told Son and other family members that REFFITT was at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, when individuals took over the Capitol. REFFITT told Son and other family members that REFFITT went to Washington, D.C., to protect the country, that REFFITT brought his gun with him, and that “we” (apparently meaning REFFITT and/or others) “stormed the Capitol.” REFFITT stated that REFFITT had recorded some of the events on his Go Pro camera that REFFITT was wearing on his helmet.
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Son provided the following information: On or about Monday, January 11, 2021, while REFFITT was in REFFITT’s home with Son and Daughter, REFFITT stated that REFFITT had to “erase everything” because the FBI was now watching REFFITT. REFFITT further told Son that if Son crossed the line and reported REFFITT to the police, putting the family in jeopardy, REFFITT would have no option but to do REFFITT’s duty for REFFITT’s country, and “do what he had to do.” Son asked REFFIT words to the effect of, “Are you threatening us?” REFFITT responded with words to the effect of, “Don’t put words in my mouth.” Son understoodREFFITT’s statements to be a threat to Son’s life.
Son provided the following information: Shortly after the above threat, REFFITT threatened Daughter. Specifically, in REFFITT’s presence, Daughter was using her cellular phone to talk with friends. REFFITT stated to Daughter that if Daughter were recording REFFITT or put this (meaning REFFITT’s comments) anywhere on social media, then Daughter will have crossed the line, betrayed the family, and REFFITT was going to “put a bullet through” Daughter’s phone. Daughter asked REFFITT why REFFITT was making them choose sides and threatening Son and Daughter.
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Spouse provided the following information: On January 11, 2021, Son and Daughter stated to Spouse that, during an argument at the house earlier that day, when Spouse was not at home, REFFITT stated to Son and Daughter words to the effect of: “If you turn me in, you’re a traitor and you know what happens to traitors…traitors get shot.” Son and Daughter were very upset.
Nice homage to the famous Captain America No. cover where Cap punched Adolf Hitler–only this time, Captain American punches QAnon insurrectionist Jake Angeli.
This January 12, 2021 letter from The Joint Chiefs of Staff was proper and necessary. However, it is still stunning that Americans now live in a country where the military feels the need to release a letter signaling their ongoing support for the civilian government.
MEMORANDUM FOR THE JOINT FORCE
SUBJECT: MESSAGE TO THE JOINT FORCE
The American people have trusted the Armed Forces of the United States to protect them and our Constitution for almost 250 years. As we have done throughout our history, the U.S. military will obey lawful orders from civilian leadership, support civil authorities to protect lives and property, ensure public safety in accordance with the law, and remain fully committed to protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
The violent riot in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 was a direct assault on the U.S. Congress, the Capitol building, and our Constitutional process. We mourn the deaths of the two Capitol policemen and others connected to these unprecedented events.
We witnessed actions inside the Capitol building that were inconsistent with the rule oflaw. The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition and insurrection.
As Service Members, we must embody the values and ideals of the Nation. We support and defend the Constitution. Any act to disrupt the Constitutional process is not only against our traditions, values, and oath; it is against the law.
On January 20, 2021, in accordance with the Constitution, confirmed by the states and the courts, and certified by Congress, President-elect Biden will be inaugurated and will become our 46th Commander in Chief.
To our men and women deployed and at home, safeguarding our country-stay ready, keep your eyes on the horizon, and remain focused on the mission. We honor your continued service in defense of every American.
-Mark A. Milley, General, U.S. Army, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
-John E. Hyten, General, U.S. Air Force, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
-James C. McConville, General, U.S. Army, Chief of Staff of the Army
-David H. Berger, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps
-Michael M. Gilday, Admiral, U.S. Navy, Chief of Naval Operations
-Charles Q. Brown, Jr., General, U.S. Air Force, Chief of the Staff of the Air Force
John W. Raymond, General, U.S. Space Force, Chief of Space Operations
Daniel R. Hokanson, General, U.S. Army, Chief of the National Guard Bureau