Police at the House of Representatives arrest members of Stephen Colbert’s crew for illegal entry, including Robert Smigel, who made Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. They say that Adam Schiff let them in.
Thursday night, several people who work on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” were arrested on charges of breaking the law by entering the House of Representatives.
Fox News says that nine people were taken into custody at first because of what happened.
Robert Smigel, who is best known for his character Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, is one of the people who have been arrested. Smigel, who is 62, appears on Colbert’s CBS show a lot.
Fox News says that Allison Martinez, one of Colbert’s producers, and Josh Comers, one of his writers, were also arrested.
Chad Pergram of Fox News says that the group was trying to film and take pictures near the offices of Rep. Lauren Boebert and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
It’s not clear why, but the visit may have something to do with the January 6 riot hearings that are still going on. According to reports, Democrat Representative Adam Schiff let the posse in.
The group had tried to get interviews in the Cannon House Office Building before, but they were kicked out because they didn’t have the right press credentials.
Jake Plunkett, Allison Martinez, Tyrone Dean, Stephen Romond, Nicoletta Green, Brendan Hurley, Josh Comers, and David Feldman were all arrested along with Smigel.
Allison Martinez is an associate producer on Colbert’s popular late-night comedy talk show, according to her LinkedIn page.
On his page, it says that Jake Plunkett is a senior producer and director for the show.
Brendan Hurley is in charge of the props for the show. He has worked with Colbert since the host’s Comedy Central show, “The Colbert Report.”
Josh Comers is a comedian and writer who lives in Brooklyn.
David Feldman is a writer and comedian who has worked on “The Daily Show” and “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
Feldman didn’t say anything about his arrest on his website, but he did say that he was going back to New York City after filming with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, whom he called his “boss.” Feldman said, “He’s tough, but fair,” as a joke.
A spokesperson for CBS told DailyMail.com that the team members were held after their last interview because they stayed behind to film “comedy elements in the halls.”
The spokesperson said that congressional aides had given permission and set up the interviews ahead of time.
A spokesperson said that the team filmed at the Capitol on June 15 and 16.
Jesse Watters of Fox News said on the air that Democratic congressmen Rep. Adam Schiff of California and Rep. Jake Auchincloss of Massachusetts helped the group get into the building. He said this was confirmed by a congressional source.
Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois said on Watters’ show that the group was knocking on the doors of fellow Republicans Jim Jordan and Kevin McCarthy.
Davis also told Watters, “We just heard about the arrest today, and I’ll make sure that when we get back to Washington next week, we ask the right questions.” We’ll ask the people in charge of security why these arrests had to be made.
In the past few days, Colbert’s show has talked a lot about the public hearings of the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.
On Wednesday, the host made fun of the fact that Joseph Biggs, who is thought to be the leader of the Proud Boys, asked for his trial to be moved out of Washington DC because of the media attention.
In papers, the lawyers for Biggs mentioned Colbert’s show by name. Colbert made a joke: “They want to move the trial to a place where The Proud Boys have a better reputation.” Like 1930s Berlin.’
Capitol police said in a statement, “On June 16, 2022, at about 8:30 p.m., USCP received a call about a disturbance in the Longworth House Office Building. Responding officers saw seven people in a sixth-floor hallway, unaccompanied and without Congressional IDs.”
The statement went on to say, “The building was closed to visitors, and it was found that these people were part of a group that the USCP had told to leave earlier that day.”
They were accused of trespassing. This is an ongoing criminal investigation, and after talking with the U.S. Attorney, there may be more criminal charges.