June 20, 2022

Media gets arrested for illegal entry into Capitol

  • Flyover Country, The Hill

In Brief:
Staff members of  "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" were arrested on June 16th and have been charged with illegal entry after entering the U.S House of Representatives to conduct interviews and film skit segments surrounding the January 6th hearings. According to Fox, the Late Show applied for press credentials but were denied since the show does not classify as a news program. 
Ironically, the January 6th hearings involved investigations into illegal entry into Capitol buildings. 
 
 
The Background:
According to Fox, congressional staff invited Colbert’s team to the House of Representatives to conduct interviews with members of the January 6 Committee, including Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-MA). After the interviews were completed, the Colbert staff members stayed to film skit segments for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" based upon the hearings.  

When approached by Capitol Police for not having press identification or permission to be unescorted, Colbert’s team was escorted off the premises. Later that same day, the staff members returned and allegedly entered the Longworth Building after hours. They were again approached by the same Capitol Police officers who found them wandering around still unescorted and without proper IDs. Colbert’s team was then detained and arrested. 

The individuals have not been identified to the public but are currently charged with illegal entry. The Late Show ran a re-run episode instead of airing the planned program, and Stephen Colbert has yet to make a public comment on the event. 
 
Notable Quotes:
"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." – U.S. Capitol Police official statement
 

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