Stephen Colbert addresses staffers’ Capitol arrests

Stephen Colbert carved out time on Monday evening’s “Late Present” to downplay the arrests of seven of his staffers inside a Capitol Hill constructing and joked they dedicated “first diploma puppetry.”

Members of the “Late Present” manufacturing crew had been busted Thursday evening contained in the Longworth Home Workplace Constructing after filming interviews there earlier within the day for a section of Triumph the Insult Comedian Canine.

“After they’d completed their interviews, [my staffers] had been performing some last-minute puppetry and jokey make-em-ups in a hallway, when Triumph and my people had been approached and detained by Capitol Police,” Colbert stated throughout his opening monologue.

Capitol Police stated the seven staffers together with Robert Smigel, who voices Triumph, had been “unescorted and with out Congressional ID” on the sixth flooring of the constructing that was closed to the general public on the time.

“The Capitol police had been simply doing their job, my workers was simply doing their job, everybody was very skilled, everybody was very calm,” Colbert stated. “My staffers had been detained, processed and launched. A really disagreeable expertise for my workers.”

The late present host stated Capitol police are extra cautious about unattended and unpermitted guests on Capitol grounds than they had been 18 months in the past “and for an excellent cause” — referring to the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

All seven staff had been every charged with illegal entry, cops stated, and Colbert quipped the offenses had been “first-degree puppetry.”

CBS has stated the crew was on the Capitol Thursday to conduct approved interviews with Home members.

However Fox Information had reported that the staffers had been booted from the Jan. 6 committee listening to hours earlier than the arrests as a result of they lacked correct press credentials.

Actor and comedian Robert Smigel performs as Triumph the Insult Comic Dog in the hallways outside the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol hearing in the Cannon House Office Building.
Actor and comic Robert Smigel performs as Triumph the Insult Comedian Canine within the hallways exterior the Home Choose Committee to Examine the January sixth Assault on the U.S. Capitol listening to within the Cannon Home Workplace Constructing.
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They had been reportedly let again into the Longworth constructing by a congressional aide who thought they’d extra interviews to conduct.

The manufacturing crew stayed throughout the constructing to movie segments within the hallway once they had been arrested at round 8:30 p.m.

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