Last month, nine members of CBS’s The Late Show with host Stephen Colbert were arrested for allegedly trespassing inside the United States Capitol. According to government attorneys, they will not be prosecuted.
The group was detained in the Longworth House Office Building, where they were initially charged with unlawful entry into congressional office buildings after hours, as Breitbart News previously reported.
The nine people were removed from the January 6 Committee hearing for lacking proper press passes.
Among those detained were Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s puppeteer, Robert Smigel, as well as associate producer Allison Martinez, writer Josh Comers, and senior producer Jake Plunkett.
The staffers were reportedly recording and photographing outside Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) and Lauren Boebert’s (D-Col.) offices.
Because the group had been informed several times prior to them entering the Congressional buildings that they were required to stay with a staff escort inside the premises, and they failed to do so, authorities arrested them on unlawful entry charges.
They have now been cleared of any wrongdoings.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, late-show staff were permitted into the building by congressional personnel to conduct interviews and were never formally asked to leave, though Capitol Police advised them they should have an escort.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has concluded that it will not be able to proceed with the misdemeanor legal charges of unlawful entry against the 9 people who were detained on June 16th, 2022 in the Longworth Office Building after a comprehensive evaluation of all of the evidence and applicable legal authority.”
“The Office will be required to establish without a reasonable doubt that the invited guests were guilty of unlawful entry when their escort had made the chose to leave them unattended. We don’t think it is likely that the Office will be able to obtain and maintain convictions for these offenses.”
It stated that the individuals would no longer be required to appear in court later this month.
When his staff were arrested, Stephen Colbert defended them by claiming they were executing “some last-minute first-degree puppetry and jokey make-ups.” He continued to explain that everyone was calm and professional.