CAPITOL CRIME: Stephen Colbert show staffers arrested for 'unlawful entry' into House of Representatives
'This is an active criminal investigation and may result in additional criminal charges after consultation with the US Attorney,' said capitol police
Nine people working at 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' were detained on June 16, Thursday night on the ground of illegal entry to the House of Representatives. It is said that the group's visit was linked to the January 6 riot hearings and it is claimed that Democrat Representative Adam Schiff reportedly let them in. Out of nine, seven people were arrested. The group of seven was arrested in the Longworth House Office building after they were already removed from the January 6th committee hearing for not having proper credentials.
The same group resurfaced the same night and started taking pictures and videos of two Republican members of Congress - Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy R-Calif. and Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo. A senior source told The Fox that seven out of nine were arrested. Those detained in this incident are Jake Plunkett, Allison Martinez, Tyrone Dean, Stephen Romond, Nicoletta Green, Brendan Hurley, Josh Comers, David Feldman, and the famous Robert Smigel best known for his character Insult Comic Dog. In a few hours, the group was charged with illegal entry to the House office.
It's also said that the staffers applied for the credentials for the January 6th committee hearing but were denied by the House Radio/TV Gallery who rejected their request because they were not 'news.' Usually, the credentials request is handled by Radio/TV Correspondents Association which wasn't the case this time. Sources have also said that the staffers were in the House Office because they were invited and that they even conducted interviews with Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla, and Rep. Jake Auchincloss, D-Mass, who are all members of the January 6th committee hearing.
Who are the CBS staffers who were arrested?
Staffer Brendan Hurley goes way back with the Late Show host. While he works as a prop master now, he has been working with Colbert ever since the show was called 'the Colbert Report.' David Feldman is a is a writer and comedian with shows like 'Real Time with Bill Maher' and 'The Daily Show.' under his hat. According to the LinkedIn profile of Allison Martinez, she's an associate producer on Colbert's show. On the other hand, Jake Plunkett is a senior producer and director of the program.
A confidential CBS spokesperson talked to Daily Mail and said that the group was arrested after the interviews when they stayed back to record some 'comedy elements in the hall.' The spokesperson confirmed that these interviews were pre-organized via some congressional aides and that the team had filmed on June 15 and 16. The January 6th Committee had been covered on Colbert's show recently with the host taking a dig at the committee saying, "They want to move the trial to some place where The Proud Boys have a better reputation. Like 1930s Berlin."
The official statement of the incident issued by the Capitol police states, "'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. 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. 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."