A Texan teenager who tipped off the FBI about his father’s alleged involvement in the Capitol riots said he would “do it again”, despite claiming his father threatened to shoot him for being a “traitor”.
Jackson Reffitt, 18, said he felt a moral obligation to report his father to the authorities after watching him participate in the violent riots on live TV.
His father, Guy, 48, was arrested at his home in Wylie, Texas on January 16 and faces charges of obstruction of justice and knowingly entering a restricted building.
According to court documents, Mr Reffitt had allegedly threatened his wife and children, saying: “If you turn me in, you’re a traitor and you know what happens to traitors … traitors get shot”.
The younger Mr Reffitt said he was “afraid” of what his father might think of him, but told local station Fox 4 that he had acted according to his “moral compass”.