'Late Show With Stephen Colbert' Team Members Arrested By U.S. Capitol Police

Robert Smigel, the voice for Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, was among those charged with unlawful entry at a congressional office building.
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The Ed Sullivan Theater is shown on Monday, May 24, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
The Ed Sullivan Theater is shown on Monday, May 24, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Capitol Police said Friday that officers arrested seven unauthorized people in a congressional office building Thursday night and charged them with unlawful entry.

The people identified themselves as being affiliated with CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

Another person familiar with the matter provided the AP with a list of nine people who had been stopped by Capitol Police. They included several producers, along with Robert Smigel, the voice behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

The two people who spoke with the AP could not discuss details of the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The incident Thursday night followed the third public hearing by the House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection.

A traffic light changes outside Longworth House Office Building in Washington, early Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP / Patrick Semansky)
A traffic light changes outside Longworth House Office Building in Washington, early Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP / Patrick Semansky)
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Capitol Police said they received a call about a disturbance in the Longworth House Office Building around 8:30 p.m. “Responding officers observed seven individuals, unescorted and without Congressional ID, in a sixth-floor hallway,” the agency said in a statement. “The building was closed to visitors, and these individuals were determined to be a part of a group that had been directed by the USCP to leave the building earlier in the day.”

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS said the production team was at the Capitol Wednesday and Thursday to record a comedy segment featuring Triumph.

“Their interviews at the Capitol were authorized and pre-arranged through Congressional aides of the members interviewed,” the network said. “After leaving the members’ offices on their last interview of the day, the production team stayed to film stand-ups and other final comedy elements in the halls when they were detained by Capitol Police.”

The USCP statement said the case remains “an active criminal investigation, and may result in additional criminal charges.” Capitol Police, departing from standard practice, refused to provide the names of the people who were arrested.

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