Republicans Demand Arrest Footage Of Stephen Colbert’s Staff At The Capitol

( House Republicans are demanding the arrest footage of Stephen Colbert’s production team after they were allegedly deemed unauthorized to be on the Capitol’s premises.

Republican Representatives Jim Jordan and Rodney Davis sent a letter on Monday U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Chief Thomas Manger asking for information and security footage of the seven individuals who were caught trespassing in Longworth House Office Building.

They wrote that they request “All reports, witness statements, and other material related to the arrest of individuals associated with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on June 16, 2022,” as well as “All security footage and still photographs related to the arrest of individuals associated with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on June 16, 2022.”

In a statement obtained by the Washington Examiner, Capitol Police said that officers responded to “seven individuals, unescorted and without Congressional ID, in a sixth-floor hallway,” adding that the building was closed to visitors and were part of “a group that had been directed by the USCP to leave the building earlier in the day.”

The Stephen Colbert Show acknowledged the arrest of their team by Capitol Police. The segment involved “Triumph” the “cigar-smoking puppet.” The puppet and rest of the team were authorized for interviews with Congressional aides, however, when the interviews were over, the team continued to film in the halls where they were eventually detained by police due to reports of disturbances.

The team were scheduled to conduct interviews with two congress members on the January 6 committee, Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Stephanie Murphy), including Rep. Jake Auchincloss.

In their letter to Capitol Police, Reps. Jordan and Davis include the so-called “reconnaissance tours” that led to the events of January 6.

“Much has been made lately about unauthorized access to House office buildings, including debunked Democrat allegations that Republican members led so-called reconnaissance tours of the Capitol Complex in advance of January 6. Unlike the Democrat allegations of reconnaissance tours, however, the events on June 16 actually resulted in arrests for unlawful entry,” they wrote.

Unlawful entry might be too light of a sentence. Walking through the halls of any government building warrants charges of insurrection and threats to our democracy.