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After US Capitol Police announced on Friday that they had arrested a group of staff members associated with CBS’s “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” the night before, a flurry of comments criticizing, supporting and even mocking the incident flooded social media.
Those arrested included: Jake Plunkett, Allison Martinez, Tyrone Dean, Stephen Romond, Nicoletta Green, Brendan Hurley, Josh Comers and David Feldman. Robert Smigel, the puppeteer of “Triumph the Insult Comic Dog”, a character on Colbert’s show, was also arrested.
What did the J6 Committee know and when did it know about Colbert’s insurrection on Capitol Hill?
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) June 17, 2022
Many conservatives compared the arrests to the breach of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
“What did the J6 Committee know and when did it know about Colbert’s insurrection at the Capitol? The editor of the Federalist website wrote as radio host Mark Simone wondered: ‘This is exactly what the Jan 6 protesters are accused of so will those Colbert bastards get the same, not bail, treatment in solitary confinement ???”
United States Capitol Police said the individuals were charged with unlawful entry. “This is an active criminal investigation, and may result in additional criminal charges upon consultation with the U.S. Attorney,” the USCP added.
This is exactly what the Jan 6 protesters are being accused of, so will those Colbert bastards get the same treatment, no bail, solitary confinement??? https://t.co/zHE8UmH2uC
— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) June 18, 2022
I’d say Colbert’s staff should get 60 days in jail, a year probation, and need Uncle Sammy’s permission to apply for a Target card.
— Jason “Storm” Nelson (@Storm4Congress) June 18, 2022
Stephen Colbert must be searched by the FBI. Every Democratic member of Congress who contributed to this must be expelled. https://t.co/yCvN7seWXK
— Mr. T 2 (@GovtsTheProblem) June 18, 2022
Others sarcastically suggested they get ’60 days in jail’ and said Colbert’s show should be ‘looted by the FBI’ and all Democratic congressmen who helped staffers should be “expelled”.
The incident came as the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 holds public hearings into the Jan. 6 Capitol protests when rioters seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election stormed the Capitol building and threatened lawmakers.
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Radio host Mark Levin questioned why the comedy staff members were released after their arrest, calling it “the Colbert insurrection” and adding: “They better be prosecuted with all the rigor of the law”.
2. Why were they released? They better be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) June 17, 2022
The official Republican Twitter account of the House Committee on the Judiciary questioned why there was “barely a peep” of the arrests on “mainstream media”.
Adam Schiff’s cronies snuck into Stephen Colbert’s staff at the United States Capitol and facilitated unauthorized reconnaissance tours of GOP offices.
Barely a glance from the mainstream media.
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) June 18, 2022
The group allegedly recorded video and took photos at the offices of two Republican members of Congress, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy R-Calif., Rep. Jim Jordan R-Ohio and Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo.
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A CBS spokesperson told Fox News the production team was at the Capitol on Wednesday and Thursday capturing footage and other media for a new skit with Triumph.
“On Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog was onsite at the Capitol with a production crew recording interviews for a comedy segment on behalf of ‘The Late Show,'” the spokesperson said. .
“Their interviews on Capitol Hill were cleared and pre-arranged by congressional aides of the interviewed members,” the network added. “After leaving the members’ offices during their final interview of the day, the production crew stayed to film stand-ups and other final comedy elements in the hallways when they were detained by police. of the Capitol.”
Taking the opposite view from the Tories, another person said: ‘I don’t justify what Stephen Colbert’s staff members did. They weren’t supposed to be. It’s kind of funny that these members staff were arrested immediately while it took authorities several hours on January 6.”
They added, “They weren’t armed or trying to overthrow the government like the January 6 team. They were not intent on assassinating and hanging members of Congress.
Another user wrote that he would take “Stephen Colbert seriously if you understood the difference between an accidental intrusion and an armed insurrection”.
I do not justify what Stephen Colbert’s staff members did. They weren’t meant to be. It’s kind of funny that these staff members were arrested immediately when it took authorities several hours on January 6th.
— Allen Glines ✊🏻 (@AllenBGlines) June 18, 2022
Others simply used the arrests to make jokes – mostly about Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s involvement.
“Free Triumph the insulting comic dog. Free all political prisoners,” one joked while another called for “JUSTICE FOR THE PUPPETS”.
Staff members were arrested at the Longworth House office block after being escorted out of the committee’s third public hearing on January 6 earlier today for lack of proper press credentials.
FREE THE COLBERT 7
JUSTICE FOR PUPPETS
— Schooley (@Rschooley) June 18, 2022
Capitol Police responded to a call about a disturbance at the Longworth House office building around 8:30 p.m. when they found the group of staff and subsequently arrested them.
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“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 part of a group that had been ordered by the USCP to vacate the building earlier in the day.”
The USCP said its agency is actively investigating the case and its investigation “could result in additional criminal charges.”
Fox News’ Brie Stimson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.