Teen son speaks out after telling FBI about father involved in Capitol riots

Jackson Reffitt, 18, tells "GMA" why he alerted authorities about his dad, Guy Reffitt, who faces federal charges related to the insurrection.
3:58 | 01/26/21

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We continue, George, with a family torn apart in the aftermath of the capitol riot. A Texas teenager is speaking about why he says he tipped off the FBI about his father who was facing federal charges connected to the riot. T.J. Holmes has that story for us. Good morning, robin. You said it there. A family torn apart and why? The FBI says a Texas man was at that capitol siege on January 6th and returned to his Texas home and he told his two teenage kids, don't turn me in to authorities because if you do that you'll be a traitor and traitors get shot. It was all over the news. You could see him, his blue coat, his helmet. His gopro. His bulletproof vest. It was all there. Reporter: The man in the coat is guy reffit caught on camera taking part in the siege at the capitol and while Reffitt was there, his son, 18-year-old Jackson said he was receiving reeltime text updates from his dad. What kind of things was he saying? He was enthusiastic. He was through the roof. Wow. Yeah. It was pretty surreal to hear him talk as if this was something that is going to save our family. Reporter: But Jackson says the opposite happened and his family has been torn apart. According to FBI documents after Reffitt returned from the siege he allegedly told his wife and children, if you turn me in, you're a traitor and you know what happens to traitors. Traitors get shot. Did you think your dad would hurt you, even kill you? No. I think the way he's been manipulated into thinking by these extremist groups and what's been fed to him was worrying enough that don't know what he was going to do next. Reporter: Guy reffit was arrested and is facing federal charges related to that insurrection at the capitol. Jackson is now in hiding, cutting ties with his family who are upset with him, he says, after he called the FBI tip line weeks before the capitol siege to alert them about his dad. I have all these people telling me that it's my dad's decision, he did what he did, but that I still feel responsible. Reporter: The FBI would not confirm the tip line call from Jackson, but Reffitt's wife told investigators he's part of a group called the three percenters, a far right militia group. His wife tells ABC news guy is a loving husband devoted father, loyal friend and passionate patriot adding it saddens me that during this political climate we can't communicate and agree to disagree without a fight. At first he was talking down to anyone against his opinion, for example, he would say that liberals wouldn't survive in this world and didn't know what he was doing online but I've heard what he's been talking about. He's been hyping something up. I had no idea what it was and I'd rather contact authorities than know what was going to happen. What's most important is that young people or anyone who is concerned about a loved one talk to someone that they trust, talk to someone who is on their side and is going to help them work this through. Why be public about it. Because I want people to know how awful this political strain can be on certain people. And I feel like I should have to have the voice to tell people that it's okay to come forward. Your moral compass is going to be absolutely just the right thing to do. Again, Reffitt's wife, again, that's Jackson's mom says that her husband is a sweet man. She uses that word sweet and says this has torn the family apart and that still she did not feel threatened when he made those statements but, George, the son says he's speaking out now because he believes a lot of families are going through what his is going through after that insurrection at the capitol. A lot of turmoil in that thanks very much.

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