The seven people working for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert who were arrested for illegally entering the United States Capitol last month will not be prosecuted, Deadline reports.
Members of ColbertThe production team, including veteran comedian Robert Smigel, was on Capitol Hill June 15 and 16 to record authorized and pre-arranged interviews with members of Congress for a sketch of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. “After leaving the members’ offices during their final interview of the day, the production crew stayed to film stand-ups and other final comedy elements in the hallways when they were detained by police. of the Capitol,” CBS said in a statement.
Now, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has announced that it will not pursue charges against the crew because they “were asked by congressional staffers to enter the building each time and did not were never asked to leave by the staff members who invited them, however, the group members had been informed at various times by Capitol police that they were expected to have an escort. In order to continue, “the office would required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that these guests were guilty of the crime of unlawful entry because their escort chose to leave them unattended. We do not believe it is likely that the office will be able to secure and maintain convictions on these charges.
Capitol Police said in their own statement that the individuals were arrested because they were “repeatedly told before entering Congressional buildings that they were to remain with a staff escort inside.” buildings and they did not,” although police added that they “respect the decision the office made” not to prosecute.
Colbert addressed the arrest of his employees shortly after the incident, explaining on his talk show, “The Capitol police are 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 what news network you’re looking at.
Of course, the comedian had more serious words for Tucker Carlson, who equated Colbert’s staffers with the January 6 insurgents. “I’m shocked to have to explain the difference, but an insurrection involves disrupting the lawful actions of Congress and screaming for the blood of elected leaders – all to prevent the peaceful transfer of power,” he said. “It was puppetry in the first degree.”