One of the defendants in the Capitol riot case from last January will go to trial this month. Contrary to a popular right-wing narrative that claims none of the attackers were armed, he’s accused of bringing a gun to the Capitol, among other things.
Buzzfeed reporter Zoey Tillman shared Tuesday morning that the government had filed new details in Guy Wesley Reffitt’s case, which goes to trial on the last day of February. The new filing affirms four charges: obstructing an official proceeding, being illegally in possession of a firearm on Capitol grounds, transporting a firearm during a civil disorder, and interfering with law enforcement during a civil disorder.
The first Jan. 6 trial is set for Feb. 28 — Guy Reffitt of Texas is accused of bringing a gun to the Capitol, and making it up steps outside before police turned him back.
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) February 8, 2022
Documents publicly published by the Justice Department tell more about the specific allegations against Reffitt:
He’s accused not only of being in possession of the handgun on Capitol grounds, illegal in itself, but the indictment alleges he “did use and carry” the handgun, and that after the fact, he “did use physical force and the threat of physical force” in an attempt to prevent two witnesses from coming forward.
An affidavit in the case further indicates that the witnesses threatened were Reffitt’s son and daughter, warning them that they would be “crossing the line” if they told anyone, and specifically threatening to “put a bullet through” the phone his daughter was using to talk to friends, and telling his kids, “If you turn me in you’re a traitor…traitors get shot.”
Family members also reported that when Reffitt returned from the January 6th attack, he removed both the aforementioned handgun and a rifle from his vehicle, suggesting he had taken both to D.C.
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