“The U.S. Capitol Police issued citations for those arrested last week, charging them with unlawful entry into a building. All were released and are to appear on July 20 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is working with the U.S. Capitol Police and has no further comment on this matter,” the statement added.
The U.S. Capitol Police acknowledged charges for an alleged incident Thursday in a statement obtained by the Washington Examiner last week.
“On June 16, 2022, at approximately 8:30 p.m., U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) received a call for a disturbance in the Longworth House Office Building,” Capitol Police said. “Responding officers observed seven individuals, unescorted and without Congressional ID, in a sixth-floor hallway.”
“The building was closed to visitors, and these individuals were determined to be a part of a group that had been directed by the USCP to leave the building earlier in the day,” the statement continues. “They were charged with Unlawful Entry. This is an active criminal investigation, and may result in additional criminal charges after consultation with the U.S. Attorney.”
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is a talk show that airs on CBS. The network acknowledged last week that a production team involved in filming segments for cigar-smoking puppet Triumph the Insult Comic Dog handled by comedian Robert Smigel was detained by Capitol Police, and Colbert himself addressed the arrests on his show Monday.
“The Capitol Police were just doing their job. My staff was just doing their job. Everyone was very professional. Everyone was very calm. My staffers were detained, processed, and released,” Colbert said before railing against “TV people” who compared the actions of Colbert’s team to the rioters on Jan. 6. “This was first-degree puppetry. This was high jinks with intent to goof, misappropriation of an old Conan bit,” he quipped.
The production team was there to conduct interviews with Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), who both serve on the Jan. 6 committee, which held a hearing Thursday, as well as with Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-MA), who is not a member of the panel. A congressional source told the Washington Examiner that the Late Show crew members were asked to leave earlier Thursday when they were outside the Jan. 6 committee hearing room without proper media credentials. Despite the earlier warning, the crew came back later to film segments for the show and were creating a disturbance by banging on congressional doors at night, the source said, adding, “They knew what they were doing was wrong.”
The team was let back into the House office buildings by an Auchincloss aide sometime after 4:30 p.m, according to Fox News, which said it was told the Auchincloss staffer was informed the crew had more interviews to conduct.
“The congressman had a scheduled interview with CBS, as did other members of Congress,” Matt Corridoni, Auchincloss’s spokesman, told the Washington Examiner on Monday. “Our contact with them ended well before the building closed for the evening. We do not condone any inappropriate activity and cannot speak to anything that occurred after hours.”
Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) sent a letter Monday to Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger seeking information, including surveillance footage, related to the arrests. The Washington Examiner reached out to the Capitol Police for comment on the letter.