Federal prosecutors on Wednesday opened the first jury trial to emerge from the sprawling investigation of the Capitol assault on Jan. 6, 2021, casting a Texas man as the “tip of this mob’s spear” when rioters sought to halt the certification of the 2020 presidential election.
In opening statements, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Nestler said Guy Wesley Reffitt, a member of the paramilitary Three Percenters, plunged into the crowd with a handgun holstered to his waist, planning remove House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.