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Stephen Colbert staffers arrested for trespassing on Capitol Hill

Stephen Colbert staffers arrested for trespassing on Capitol Hill


Seven staffers from “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” were arrested for allegedly trespassing in a Capitol Hill building on Thursday night, authorities said.

The rogue employees were found at about 8:30 p.m. by US Capitol Police officers inside the Longworth House Office Building, which 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, USPC 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 seven had been escorted from the Jan. 6 committee hearing hours earlier because they lacked proper press credentials.

Actor and comedian Robert Smigel performs as Triumph the Insult Comic Dog in the hallways of the Capitol on June 16.
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Seven employees of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” were escorted from the Jan. 6 committee hearing hours earlier.
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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,” according to the Fox News report.

All seven were each charged with unlawful entry, cops said.

CBS told The Post in a statement that a “Late Show” production team was at the Capitol on Wednesday and Thursday to record interviews with House members for a segment of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

The station said that their interviews at the Capitol were “authorized and prearranged through Congressional aides of the members interviewed.”

The crew had spoken with Reps. Adam Schiff, (D-Calif.), Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) and Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.), according to Fox.

After filming their final interview for the day, CBS said the staffers stayed in the building “to film stand-ups and other final comedy elements” in the hallway when Capitol Police detained them.

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The group was asked to leave earlier in the day before being arrested.
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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.).



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