On Thursday night, seven staffers from “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” were arrested for allegedly trespassing in a Capitol Hill building, authorities said.
The building was closed to the public at the time, and Capitol Police said they had asked the group to leave the grounds earlier in the day.
Fox News reported that the same group had been escorted from the Jan. 6 committee hearing hours earlier because they lacked proper press credentials. The ‘Late Show’ staffers reportedly applied to get press credentials for the hearing, but were denied by the House Radio/TV Gallery because they are not considered “news”.
Renata Luczak, vice president of entertainment communications for CBS said “Their interviews at the Capitol were authorized and pre-arranged through Congressional aides of the members interviewed. After leaving the members’ office 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.”
Many prominent voices are speaking about this news and it’s hypocritical nature with the January 6th hearing ongoing.
“What did the J6 committee know and when did they know it about the Colbert insurrection at the Capitol?” The editor-in-chief for the Federalist website wrote while radio host Mark Simone wondered, “This is exactly what the January 6th protestors are charged with, so will these Colbert creeps get the same, no bail, solitary confinement treatment???”
“Stephen Colbert must be arrested, thrown in solitary confinement, and prosecuted for insurrection against America for orchestrating the assault on our capitol.” the twitter user @thebradfordfile stated.
The crew had interviewed Reps. Adam Schiff, (D-Calif.), Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) and Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.), according to Fox.
After they were booted from the building earlier in the day, they were let back inside sometime after 4 p.m. by an aide to Auchincloss who believed they had more interviews to conduct, Fox reported.
Sources told Fox News that the crew took videos and pictures around the offices of two Republican members of Congress, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.).
Investigations are ongoing and more charges may be coming for the total 9 people arrested in connection with this trespassing.
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