Stephen Colbert breaks silence on staffers’ Capitol arrests: ‘First-degree puppetry’

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Stephen Colbert addressed the latest arrests of his crew and manufacturing members, who had been caught and charged with being in an unauthorized space of a U.S. Capitol constructing final week.

Throughout Monday night time’s “Late Present,” Colbert downplayed the arrests as a “very skilled” interplay between his workers and “cautious” Capitol Cops.

The host opened the present by asking the viewers about their weekends earlier than joking, “Nicely, I had an attention-grabbing one and a few members of my workers had a memorable one.”

Comedian and TV host Stephen Colbert addressed the recent arrests of his crew and production members in an unauthorized area of a U.S. Capitol building.

Comic and TV host Stephen Colbert addressed the latest arrests of his crew and manufacturing members in an unauthorized space of a U.S. Capitol constructing.
(“The Late Present With Stephen Colbert”/CBS)

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

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On Thursday, a gaggle dubbed “the Colbert Seven” had been arrested for illegal entry within the Longworth Home Workplace Constructing.

Amongst these arrested was Robert Smigel, the puppeteer for “Triumph the Insult Comedian Canine,” a personality on CBS’s “The Late Present With Stephen Colbert.”

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: 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 on June 16, 2022 in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 16: Actor and comic Robert Smigel performs as Triumph the Insult Comedian Canine within the hallways outdoors the Home Choose Committee to Examine the January sixth Assault on the U.S. Capitol listening to within the Cannon Home Workplace Constructing on June 16, 2022 in Washington, DC.
(Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Photographs)

“After they’d completed their interviews, [my staffers] had been doing a little last-minute puppetry and jokey make-em-ups in a hallway, when Triumph and my of us had been approached and detained by Capitol Police,” Colbert stated.

US CAPITOL POLICE ARREST STEPHEN COLBERT STAFFERS AT HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING, CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL ENTRY

He continued, “Quite a lot of paperwork for the Capitol police however a reasonably easy story… till the subsequent night time when a few the TV individuals began claiming that my puppet squad had quote, ‘dedicated rebel’ on the U.S. Capitol constructing.”

Colbert claimed his workers was not in the primary Capitol constructing, and he stated he was “shocked that he has to clarify the distinction, however an rebel entails disrupting the lawful actions of Congress and howling for the blood of elected leaders – all to forestall the peaceable switch of energy.”

CBS's "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" host Stephen Colbert addressed the recent arrests of his crew and production members during a broadcast on June 20, 2022. 

CBS’s “The Late Present With Stephen Colbert” host Stephen Colbert addressed the latest arrests of his crew and manufacturing members throughout a broadcast on June 20, 2022. 
(“The Late Present With Stephen Colbert”/CBS)

He tagged the incident as “first-degree puppetry,” then blamed former President Trump for the Jan. 6 capitol riot.

Colbert accused journalists masking the story of on the lookout for an excuse to speak about one thing aside from the Jan. 6 hearings and stated drawing an equivalence to the rioters storming the Capitol on Jan. 6 is a “shameful and grotesque insult to the reminiscence of everybody who died.”

He stated it “obscenely trivializes the service and braveness the Capitol police confirmed on that horrible day.” He joked that maybe there was an unlimited conspiracy by his staffers to overthrow the federal government with a rubber rottweiler – a reference to the Triumph the Insult Comedian Canine puppet.

The staffers had been arrested after U.S. Capitol Police responded to a name a few disturbance within the Longworth Home Workplace Constructing round 8:30 p.m.

“Responding officers noticed seven people, unescorted and with out Congressional ID, in a sixth-floor hallway,” the police stated in a press release. “The constructing was closed to guests, and these people had been decided to be part of a gaggle that had been directed by the USCP to depart the constructing earlier within the day.”

The Capitol Police stated the people had been charged with illegal entry. “That is an lively felony investigation, and should lead to further felony costs after session with the U.S. Legal professional,” the USCP added.

Earlier within the day, they carried out interviews with members of the Jan. 6 Choose Committee, together with Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla, and Rep. Jake Auchincloss, D-Mass.

Seven staffers for CBS's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" were arrested in the Longworth House Office Building last Thursday.

Seven staffers for CBS’s “The Late Present with Stephen Colbert” had been arrested within the Longworth Home Workplace Constructing final Thursday.
(CBS)

Sources inform Fox Information that an aide to Auchincloss allow them to again into the Home workplace buildings round 4:00 p.m. they usually had been left unattended for a number of hours. 

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Rodney Davis, R-In poor health., are actually asking Capitol Police for extra details about how the group was capable of acquire accesses to the Home constructing.

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A spokesperson for CBS advised Fox Information final week that the “interviews on the Capitol had been licensed and pre-arranged by way of Congressional aides of the members interviewed.” 

Fox Information’ Lorraine Taylor, Chad Pergram and Paul Finest contributed to this report.

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