Late Show Staffers Arrested at the Capitol Won’t Face Charges

UPDATE: The nine Late Show with Stephen Colbert staffers arrested at the U.S. Capitol on June 16 will not be facing charges.

“The USCP was just informed the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is declining to prosecute the case,” a media release from the United States Capitol Police said in part July 19. “We respect the decision that office has made.”

A separate statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office explained that the Late Show employees “were invited by Congressional staffers to enter the building in each instance and were never asked to leave by the staffers who invited them, though, members of the group had been told at various points by the U.S. Capitol Police that they were supposed to have an escort.”

The statement also noted that the “escort chose to leave them unattended.”


Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is out of the doghouse.

Four days after Capitol Police confirmed the popular puppet, voiced by Robert Smigel, and seven members of The Late Show’s production team were arrested and charged with unlawful entry to the U.S. Capitol, Stephen Colbert addressed the incident on the June 20 episode of the late-night program.

As Colbert explained, the Late Show staffers and Smigel were detained while filming extra “jokey” scenes at the Longworth House Office Building in Washington D.C. They’ve since been released.

While discussing the incident, Colbert referenced the Jan. 6 attacks on the Capitol, which is currently being investigated by the House select committee, saying, “The Capitol Police are much more cautious than they were 18 months ago and for a very good reason.”

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