A team of staff members for “the Late Show with Stephen Colbert” arrested at the United States Capitol last week were let into the building by an aide for Massachusetts Congressman Jake Auchincloss, reports said.
The group of CBS employees was unescorted and in the building after hours, the Capitol Police told the Associated Press. Police said the group — discovered in an area of the Capitol near where the January 6 committee was holding a hearing — had been directed to leave the building earlier in the day.
The Colbert staffers, denied credentials to cover the January 6 committee hearing, had entered the Capitol to interview Auchincloss and committee members Reps. Adam Schiff and Stephanie Murphy, according to Fox News.
An Auchincloss aide believed the group had more interviews to complete and let them back in, the network reported. The Late Show team was discovered around 8:30 p.m. and arrested by the same group of police that ordered them to leave the building earlier in the day.
Among the group were several Colbert producers and Robert Smigel, the voice of the comedic puppet character Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. They were charged with unlawful entry of the Capitol, according to the Associated Press.
Their arrest Thursday night followed the third public hearing by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol.
CBS said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that the production team was at the Capitol to record a comedy segment featuring Triumph.
“Their interviews at the Capitol were authorized and pre-arranged through Congressional aides of the members interviewed,” the Hollywood Reporter said. “After leaving the members’ offices on their last interview of the day, the production team stayed to film stand-ups and other final comedy elements in the halls when they were detained by Capitol Police.”
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