Colbert Defends Employees After Capitol Arrest
“The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert defended his staff at the top of Monday’s episode after they were arrested by Capitol Police last week, saying the seven people charged with trespassing were actually guilty of nothing more than “jokes intended to make a fool of themselves”. .”
“Last week I heard from my old colleague Triumph the Insult Comic Dog”, Colbert he said in his opening monologue. “Triumph has offered to go to DC to interview some congressmen to highlight the January 6 hearings. I said ‘Sure, if you can get someone to agree to talk to you, because, and please don’t take that as an insult, you’re a puppet.’
However, several lawmakers from both parties agreed to the meetings, Colbert said, adding that “Triumph and my people fired for two days at the Congressional offices” after going through security. He emphasized that they were “invited to the offices of the congressmen they were interviewing.”
“And that’s very important,” Colbert joked. “You have to invite Triumph, he works by Dracula’s rules.”
“Thursday night, after they finished their interviews, they were doing a puppet show and last minute prank makeup in a hallway when Triumph and my people were accosted and detained by Capitol Police, who didn’t really it’s that amazing. Capitol Police are much more cautious than they were, say, 18 months ago, and for very good reason. If you don’t know what that reason is, I know what news network you watch,” he said.
CBS had confirmed to The Hill on Friday that members of “The Late Show” production team had been detained by Capitol Police after they and Triumph visited the complex on Wednesday and Thursday to record interviews.
“Their interviews on Capitol Hill were pre-authorized and arranged through the congressional aides of the interviewed members,” CBS said.
“After leaving the members’ offices for their last interview of the day, the production crew stayed behind to film monologues and other final comedy elements in the hallways when they were stopped by Capitol Police,” the network added.
The US Capitol Police (USCP) said in a statement Friday that around 8:30 p.m. the previous day they responded to a call reporting a disturbance at the Capitol office building. Longworth House, and that seven people were charged with trespassing.
“Responding officers observed seven individuals, unescorted and without congressional identification, in a sixth-floor hallway. The building was closed to visitors, and it was determined that these individuals were part of a group that the USCP had ordered to leave the building earlier that day,” the statement read.
“This is an active criminal investigation and may result in additional criminal charges after consultation with the United States Attorney,” he added.
The arrests did not go unnoticed by lawmakers.
In a letter sent Monday, Republican Representatives Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Rodney Davis asked USCP Chief J. Thomas Manger for more information about the incident.
“These individuals were arrested and charged with trespassing after causing ‘disturbances’ at the offices of various Republican members, including ‘banging’ on their office doors,” Jordan and Davis said.
“The individuals were originally at the Capitol Complex in connection with Select Committee activities on January 6, but it is unclear whether the Select Committee had any involvement or knowledge of these individuals’ planned harassment of Republican office.”
In response Monday night to media reports, Colbert called it “shameful and grotesque” that his staff’s behavior has been compared to an “insurrection.”
“The Capitol Police were just doing their job. My staff was just doing their job. They were all very professional. They were all very calm. My employees were arrested, prosecuted and released,” she said. “A very unpleasant experience for my staff, a lot of paperwork for the Capitol Police, but a pretty simple story. Until: the next night, when a couple of people on TV started claiming that my puppet squad had ‘committed an insurrection in the United States Capitol building.’”
“An insurrection involves disrupting the legal actions of Congress and crying for the blood of elected leaders, all to prevent the peaceful transfer of power. They were first grade puppets. It was about heavy jokes with the intention of making a fool of yourself. Misappropriation of an old piece of Conan.