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

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Stephen Colbert tackled the latest arrests of his crew and generation customers, who were being caught and charged with remaining in an unauthorized place of a U.S. Capitol setting up past 7 days.

All through Monday night’s “Late Exhibit,” Colbert downplayed the arrests as a “quite experienced” conversation between his personnel and “careful” Capitol Law enforcement officers.

The host opened the demonstrate by inquiring the audience about their weekends before joking, “Properly, I experienced an appealing just one and some customers of my staff had a unforgettable a person.”

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 Television host Stephen Colbert addressed the modern arrests of his crew and generation associates in an unauthorized region of a U.S. Capitol building.
(“The Late Exhibit With Stephen Colbert”/CBS)

“The Capitol police were just accomplishing their career, my staff members was just undertaking their career, all people was pretty experienced, everybody was extremely tranquil,” the host ongoing. “My staffers had been detained, processed and unveiled. A very unpleasant working experience for my staff members.”


On Thursday, a team dubbed “the Colbert Seven” had been arrested for unlawful entry in the Longworth Residence Office environment Creating.

Among the people arrested was Robert Smigel, the puppeteer for “Triumph the Insult Comedian Canine,” a character on CBS’s “The Late Demonstrate 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 Comic Puppy in the hallways exterior the Property Choose Committee to Investigate the January 6th Assault on the U.S. Capitol hearing in the Cannon Residence Business office Developing on June 16, 2022 in Washington, DC.
(Picture by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“Right after they’d finished their interviews, [my staffers] were being doing some very last-minute puppetry and jokey make-em-ups in a hallway, when Triumph and my folks were approached and detained by Capitol Police,” Colbert explained.

US CAPITOL Police ARREST STEPHEN COLBERT STAFFERS AT Household Business Constructing, Billed WITH Unlawful ENTRY

He ongoing, “A whole lot of paperwork for the Capitol law enforcement but a fairly easy story… till the up coming night when a pair of the Television set men and women began proclaiming that my puppet squad experienced quote, ‘committed insurrection’ at the U.S. Capitol creating.”

Colbert claimed his staff members was not in the key Capitol building, and he reported he was “stunned that he has to make clear the distinction, but an insurrection includes disrupting the lawful actions of Congress and howling for the blood of elected leaders – all to protect against the peaceful transfer of electric power.”


CBS’s “The Late Present With Stephen Colbert” host Stephen Colbert dealt with the new arrests of his crew and production associates in the course of a broadcast on June 20, 2022. 
(“The Late Demonstrate With Stephen Colbert”/CBS)

He tagged the incident as “1st-degree puppetry,” then blamed previous President Trump for the Jan. 6 capitol riot.

The staffers ended up arrested right after U.S. Capitol Police responded to a call about a disturbance in the Longworth House Business Building all around 8:30 p.m.

“Responding officers noticed 7 persons, unescorted and without having Congressional ID, in a sixth-flooring hallway,” the police stated in a assertion. “The setting up was closed to site visitors, and these individuals ended up determined to be a aspect of a team that experienced been directed by the USCP to go away the constructing previously in the working day.”

The Capitol Law enforcement stated the people today ended up billed with illegal entry. “This is an energetic felony investigation, and might end result in additional prison charges right after consultation with the U.S. Attorney,” the USCP added.

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

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Seven staffers for CBS’s “The Late Demonstrate with Stephen Colbert” had been arrested in the Longworth Dwelling Place of work Making final Thursday.

Sources inform WHD News that an aide to Auchincloss let them back again into the Property place of work properties all-around 4:00 p.m. and they have been remaining unattended for numerous hrs. 

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Unwell., are now inquiring Capitol Police for far more information about how the team was able to attain accesses to the Household developing.

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A spokesperson for CBS informed WHD News previous week that the “interviews at the Capitol have been licensed and pre-organized as a result of Congressional aides of the members interviewed.” 

WHD News’ Lorraine Taylor, Chad Pergram and Paul Finest contributed to this report.

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