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Stephen Colbert downplays Late Show staff arrest by US Capitol Police as a ‘non-surrection’

Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show, convinced his staffers had been arrested for unlawful access to the United States Capitol, and insisted they had done nothing wrong.

The host dismissed comparisons between his staff’s arrest and the January 6 riots as a “non-resurrection” and joked that Triumph the Insult Comic Dog should be charged with “first-degree puppetry.”

Colbert started his monologue by saying, ‘How was your weekend? I certainly had an interesting one, because some of my employees had an unforgettable experience.’

He continued, “Triumph offered to go to Washington to interview some congressmen to bring forward some January 6 hearings.”

Colbert joked, “I said, ‘Sure, if you can get someone to talk to you. Because, and please don’t take this as an insult, you’re a puppet.’

The prankster insisted his team had scheduled chats with both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, and that everything had been organized and approved with the appropriate officials.

On January 16, at least seven people involved in Colbert’s CBS talk show were arrested in the country’s capital. Among those arrested was the comedian behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Robert Smigel.

They were caught near the offices of GOP representatives Lauren Boebert and Kevin McCarthy, although it is unclear whether either politician had agreed to a sit-down.

In a statement to DailyMail.com, the US Capitol Police said: “The building was closed to visitors and these individuals were determined to be part of a group ordered by the USCP to vacate the building earlier in the day. They were charged with illegal entry.’

The statement concluded: “This is an active criminal investigation and may lead to additional criminal charges after consultation with the US Attorney.”

The US Attorney in question is Matthew Graves, of the District of Colombia.

Opening his show, Colbert said: “After they finished their interviews, they were making some last minute puppets and making jokes in a hallway when Triumph and my parents were approached and detained by the police.” of the Capitol. which isn’t really that surprising.’

The comedian commented: “The Capitol Police Department is much more cautious than they were, say, 18 months ago, and for a very good reason. If you don’t know what that reason is, I know which news channel you’re watching.’

Robert Smigel photographed the day before his arrest while filming in the US Capitol

Robert Smigel photographed the day before his arrest while filming in the US Capitol

According to the police of the capital: 'This is an active criminal investigation and may lead to additional criminal charges after consultation with the US attorney'

According to the police of the capital: ‘This is an active criminal investigation and may lead to additional criminal charges after consultation with the US attorney’

Colbert described the incident as, ‘The Capitol Police Department was just doing their job, my staff was just doing their job, everyone was very professional, everyone was very calm. My staff members were detained, processed and released. A very unpleasant experience for my staff.’

He went on to say that the whole incident was a “pretty simple story” until the TV news “started claiming that my puppet crew had staged a riot in the US Capitol building.”

Colbert joked, “First of all, what? Second: huh? Third, they weren’t in the Capitol. Fourth, and I’m shocked to have to explain the difference, but an insurrection involves interrupting the lawful action of Congress and weeping for the blood of elected leaders, all to prevent the peaceful transfer of power. This was puppetry of the first degree.’

The group was arrested in the Longworth House office building.

Those detained alongside Smigel have been named as Jake Plunkett, Allison Martinez, Tyrone Dean, Stephen Romond, Nicoletta Green, Brendan Hurley, Josh Comers and David Feldman.

Prop coordinator Brendan Hurley has been with Colbert since the host's Comedy Central show, 'The Colbert Report'

Prop coordinator Brendan Hurley has been with Colbert since the host’s Comedy Central show, ‘The Colbert Report’

Colbert pictured with senior producer Jake Plunkett

Colbert pictured with senior producer Jake Plunkett

Colbert staffer Nicoletta Green was among those arrested.  She has been working on the show since September 2020

Colbert staffer Nicoletta Green was among those arrested. She has been working on the show since September 2020

Despite not naming anyone in particular, Colbert condemned those who have compared his staff’s arrest to the January 6 riots.

He said, “It’s predictable why these TV talkers talk like that. They want to talk about something other than the January 6 hearings, the actual incitement that led to the death of several people and the injury of more than 140 police officers.”

The comedian continued: “To draw any equivalence between rioters storming our Capitol to prevent the ballot counting and a cigar-chewing toy dog ​​is a shameful and grotesque insult to the memory of all who died.”

Colbert concluded by saying that the comparison “obscenely downplays the service and bravery displayed by the Capitol Police Department on that terrible day.” But who knows? Maybe there was a big plot to overthrow the US government with a rubber Rottweiler.”

In a brief statement about the arrests, a CBS spokesperson told DailyMail.com Friday that Colbert’s staff were detained after their last interview after staying behind to film “comedy elements in the halls.”

The spokesperson said the interviews were authorized and prearranged by congressional officials.

The team was filming in the Capitol on June 15-16, the spokesman said.

The June 21 episode featured New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, as well as indie band The Lumineers.

Rep.  Jim Jordan sent a letter to the Capitol Police Department requesting more details about the arrests of Colbert's personnel

Rep. Jim Jordan sent a letter to the Capitol Police Department requesting more details about the arrests of Colbert’s personnel

Also on Monday, Republican Representatives Jim Jordan from Ohio and Rodney Davis from Illinois sent a letterr to Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger to demand details about the arrests.

The letter read, in part, “Much has been done lately about unauthorized access to House office buildings, including Democrats’ debunked accusations that Republican members led so-called reconnaissance tours of the Capitol complex prior to Jan. 6.”

It continued, “However, contrary to Democrats’ allegations of reconnaissance, the events of June 16 resulted in arrests for unlawful entry.”

The congressmen added: “These individuals were arrested and charged with unlawful entry after causing ‘disruptions’ to the offices of several Republican members, including ‘banging’ on their office doors.”

“The individuals were originally at the Capitol complex in connection with the January 6 Select Committee’s activities, but it is unclear whether the Select Committee was involved in or had knowledge of the planned harassment of Republican offices by these individuals,” the writings wrote. the congressmen.

Chad Pergram of Fox News, who broke the news of the arrests, wrote: FoxNews.com that it would have been impossible for the crew to be in a convention building without a nanny.

Pergram said that after the group was originally removed from the grounds by the Capitol Police Department, they were let back in by an aide to Massachusetts Congresswoman Jake Auchincloss.

According to Pergram’s report, the group told the assistant they should conduct more interviews.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson took on a mocking tone when he brought up the arrests in the opening segment of his show.

Carlson said most Americans “still tremble when we think of how close this country lost our democracy last Thursday.”

He added: ‘Where were you on 16/6? You will never forget it and neither will we. At the time, we were preparing a show about Tony Fauci and his pursuit of a new Corona recording for kids. It seemed important then. It seems so trivial now.’

Carlson joked, “The group in the Capitol was under the direct control of an extremist named Stephen Colbert, who as a white male is by definition a white extremist.”

The former CNN and MSNBC star went on to say Colbert’s staff were “domestic terrorists.”

In an appearance on “Hannity” on June 20, former Representative Jason Chaffetz said Colbert’s staffers should face the exact same consequences as those convicted of participating in the January 6 riot.

Hannity said at the opening of his show, ‘Where’s the Democrat outrage? Aren’t they worried about entering and securing the Capitol? Or is that only if they can use it to attack Donald Trump?’

When Chaffetz appeared, he said to the host: ‘All you asked is equal application of the law’

He continued: ‘If anyone breaks the law, they should be charged. On the one hand I’m glad the Capitol Police had the political guts to actually arrest these people, there’s a question I guess, how did they get back into the Capitol?’

The former congressman added: “I want these people to be persecuted to the same extent and with the same outrage as the left claims on Jan. 6,” he said. mediate.

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