Seven staffers from “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” were arrested for allegedly trespassing in a Capitol Hill building on Thursday night, authorities said.
About 8:30 p.m. US Capitol Police officers inside the Longworth House Office Building, encountered the Colbert staffers. Longworth houses offices for members of the House of Representatives, the department told The Post in a statement.
The ‘Late Show’ associates were “unescorted and without Congressional ID” in a hallway on the sixth floor, USCP 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 was told that the “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” team applied to get press credentials for the Jan. 6 hearing, but the House Radio/TV Gallery rejected the request because they are not considered “news.” The issue didn’t go to the Radio/TV Correspondents Association, which usually handles credentialing.
Members of Colbert’s team had actually been invited into House office buildings. Fox News was told that Colbert’s team conducted interviews earlier on Thursday with members of the Jan. 6 Committee, including Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla. They also interviewed Rep. Jake Auchincloss, D-Mass.
In addition to a regular Capitol Hill press pass, a special “overlay” is required for members of the press who want to be in the room for the Jan. 6 Committee hearings.
Fox News reported that the same group had been escorted from the Jan. 6 committee hearing hours earlier because they lacked proper press credentials.
When Capitol Police spotted members of Colbert’s team at the Jan. 6 Committee area, they were schooled away, and left the House office building.
At some point, they were let back in to the Longworth House Office Building sometime after 4 p.m. by an aide to Auchincloss and were unattended for several hours. Sources tell Fox News that the aide believed the group had more interviews to do.
While there were seven arrests, a total of nine people were stopped by officers, including Robert Smigel, the voice behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, the Associated Press reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.
Sources told Fox News that the group apparently roamed the House office buildings while they unattended for hours.
The U.S. Capitol Police told Fox News in a statement that it received a call for a disturbance in the Longworth House Office Building at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday and said that additional charges could be filed.
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