(6-21-22) Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., sent a letter to the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police on Monday, requesting information about how a group of seven staffers with CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” were able to gain access to the Longworth House Office Building last Thursday.
Capitol Police said in a statement that officers received a “call for a disturbance in the Longworth House Office Building” around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, adding that the seven individuals were “unobserved, unescorted and without Congressional ID.”
“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. They were charged with Unlawful Entry. This is an active criminal investigation, and may result in additional criminal charges after consultation with the U.S. Attorney.”
The same group had been escorted from the January 6th committee hearing hours earlier because they lacked proper press credentials.
Colbert addressed the situation last night during his monologue –
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – You Tube Video
“Their interviews at the Capitol were authorized and pre-arranged through Congressional aides of the members interviewed. 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.”
Letter sent to Capitol Police –