Lawmakers want answers after Stephen Colbert employees arrested at Capitol for unlawful entry

Days after Democrats on the 하우스 1월 6 Committee called on 대표. Barry Loudermilk’s, R-Ga, to answer questions about a tour he gave the day before the Capitol riot, several people, including CBS employees who work Colbert’s late-night program were arrested for unlawful entry to the complex.

Late Thursday, the individuals, 포함 “Triumph, the Insult Comic Dogpuppeteer Robert Smigel – a frequent guest of Colbert’swere not credentialed to be walking around without an escort, a House Republican source told Fox News. Others arrested included Colbert writer Josh Comers and associate producer Allison Martinez.

The group was cleared into the complex by staffers for Rep. Jake Auchincloss, D-Mass., and House January 6 Committee Member Adam Schiff, D- 칼리프.

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The group reportedly banged on doors of several Republican offices – including that of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, Jim Jordan of Ohio and Lauren Boebert of Coloradoas they allegedly filmed a skit for Colbert’sLate Showprogram that was to center around the January 6 청문회.

대표. Rodney Davis, R-Ill, the ranking member on the House Committee on Administration – which has jurisdiction over the Capitol Police and House chamber operations – told “Wild는 NHL의 올스타 브레이크로 향합니다.” Friday he will demand answers when Congress returns to session next week.

Davis noted the Colbert group visited the same buildings as those on Rep. Loudermilk’s,heavily-scrutinized 일월 5, 2021 여행.

Earlier in the day Thursday, the Colbert group was milling around an area of the Cannon House Office Building being used for media staging during the January 6 Committee hearings, after reportedly being helped in by members of Schiff’s team.

Davis said they were later ejected by members of the press, who had them escorted out.

It’s my understanding they were offered a way back into the House office buildings by a staffer for [Auchincloss],” 그는 덧붙였다, as they traveled to Longworth, where Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert’s office is located.

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대표. Jake Auchincloss, D-매스.

대표. Jake Auchincloss, D-매스. (Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Davis noted the only individuals ultimately arrested by Capitol Police for illegally touring House buildings were Smigel and those working for Colbert, not those accompanying Loudermilk.

A House aide also pointed out the arrests came on the 50th anniversary of the infamous break-in of the Democratic National Committee’s then-headquarters at the Watergate complex on the other side of Washington.

전체적으로, nine individuals, including Colbert senior producer Jake Plunkett, reportedly were taken into custody and spent one night in jail.

Davis was one of the lawmakers tapped by McCarthy to sit as minority members on the January 6 위원회, until House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D- 칼리프., made the unprecedented decision to deny appointees Jordan and Rep. James Banks, 껍질., 정리 to sit on the panel.

대표. 아담 쉬프, D- 칼리프.

대표. 아담 쉬프, D- 칼리프. (게티 이미지)

답으로, McCarthy pulled his entire slate of appointees, and characterized both the process and the committee as a farce. 나중, 담당자. Elizabeth Cheney, R-Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., were separately seated without McCarthy’s blessing.

Loudermilk, the Republican lawmaker under fire for giving the January 5, 2021 여행, recently rebuffed claims he was involved in or sanctioned any nefarious behavior.

하우스 1월 6 Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi countered that the behavior of the folks on Loudermilk’s tour “들어 올리다[d] concerns about their activity and intent.

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그러나, 국회의사당 경찰서장 J. Thomas Manger recently wrote in a letter to Davis his department “하다[하우스, 중국 제조에 대응하기 위해 미국 경쟁법 통과] not consider any of the activities we observed as suspicious.

Loudermilk reacted on social media, writing that thetruth will always prevailand calling accusations about him from Thompson and othersbaseless.

What the Capitol Police said doesn’t fit the narrative that the January 6 위원회는,” 그는 폭스 뉴스에 말했다.

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