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Colbert Staffers Arrested for Trespassing at US Capitol 

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The following article, Colbert Staffers Arrested for Trespassing at US Capitol , was first published on Flag And Cross.

During a week in which the nation has been brutally reminded about the siege of the US Capitol back on January 6th, 2021, a number of persons in the employ of late night comedian Stephen Colbert have been arrested on the property.

The incident included a well-known producer and voice actor known for his work with SNL and Conan O’Brien as well.

It’s been some time since Triumph the Insult Comic Dog has made headlines, but he’s now back in the spotlight. The AP reports that seven staffers from Stephen Colbert’s Late Show were arrested on Capitol Hill Thursday night, and among those detained, per a list seen by the news outlet, was Robert Smigel, the comedian who voices the acerbic canine puppet. The Hollywood Reporter confirms the arrest of Smigel, who became known for the characters he played on Saturday Night Live and Conan O’Brien’s late-night show. Capitol Police tell the AP that around 8:30pm on Thursday they received a call about a disturbance in the Longworth House Office Building, a building south of the Capitol proper that’s used by the House of Representatives.

The group had already been warned about being there.

When responding officers arrived on the scene, they say they found “seven individuals, unescorted and without congressional ID, in a sixth-floor hallway.” Although it’s not clear which offices the production crew was near when they were arrested, reports indicate they’d at one point been filming around the offices of two congressional Republicans, Rep. Lauren Boebert and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, per Deadline. The police note at the time of the arrests, the building was closed, and that those arrested had been asked to leave the building earlier in the day.

Colbert’s legal team suggested that the group was arrested only after conducting lawful and prearranged interviews with members of Congress, and while they were loitering in the halls immediately following those interviews.

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