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. Smigel is producing comic coverage of the hearings for the Stephen Colbert Show. The bipartisan committee, which has been gathering evidence for almost a year related to the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol, is presenting its findings in a series of televised hearings. On January 6, 2021, supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol Building during an attempt to disrupt a congressional vote to confirm the electoral college win for President Joe Biden  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

NEWS: Stephen Colbert staffers arrested for trespassing on Capitol Hill

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Seven staffers from “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” were arrested for allegedly trespassing in a Capitol Hill building on Thursday night, authorities said.

The rogue employees were found at about 8:30 p.m. by US Capitol Police officers inside the Longworth House Office Building, which houses offices for members of the House of Representatives, the department told The Post in a statement.

The ‘Late Show’ associates were “unescorted and without Congressional ID” in a hallway on the sixth floor, USCP said.

The building was closed to the public at the time, and Capitol Police said they had asked the group to leave the grounds earlier in the day.

While there were seven arrests, a total of nine people were stopped by officers, including Robert Smigel, the voice behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, the Associated Press reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Fox News reported that the same group had been escorted from the Jan. 6 committee hearing hours earlier because they lacked proper press credentials.

Actor and comedian Robert Smigel performs as Triumph the Insult Comic Dog in the hallways of the Capitol on June 16.
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Seven employees of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” were escorted from the Jan. 6 committee hearing hours earlier.
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The “Late Show” staffers reportedly applied to get press credentials for the hearing, but were denied by the House Radio/TV Gallery because they are not considered “news,” according to the Fox News report.

All seven were each charged with unlawful entry, cops said.

CBS told The Post in a statement that a ‘Late Show’ production team was at the Capitol on Wednesday and Thursday to record interviews with House members for a segment of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

The station said that their interviews were “authorized and prearranged through Congressional aides of the members” they met with.

The crew had interviewed Reps. Adam Schiff, (D-Calif.), Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) and Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.), according to Fox.

After they were booted from the building earlier in the day, they were let back inside sometime after 4 p.m. by an aide to Auchincloss who believed they had more interviews to conduct, Fox reported.

CBS said the staffers stayed in the building “to film stand-ups and other final comedy elements” in the hallway when Capitol Police detained them.

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The group was asked to leave earlier in the day before being arrested.
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Sources told Fox News that the crew took videos and pictures around the offices of two Republican members of Congress, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.).



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