Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan and Illinois Rodney Davis sent a letter to Capitol Police on Monday asking for details about seven Stephen Colbert staffers accused of illegally entering the Longworth Tower office complex.
Members of Congress are requesting “all security footage, photographs, reports, witness statements and other materials related to the June 16, 2022, arrest of individuals associated with ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.'”
“There has been a lot of recent incidents of unauthorized access to House offices, including debunking allegations by Democrats that Republican members of the Republican Party led an alleged reconnaissance tour of the Capitol prior to Jan. 6,” the letter to Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said. .
“However, unlike Democrats’ allegations of reconnaissance travel, the events of June 16 actually resulted in arrests for illegal entry,” the Republican said.
Members of the Colbert production crew arrived at the Capitol Wednesday to interview several House Democrats, CBS reported.
Late-night TV crews tried to get a chance at the Jan. 6 select committee hearing, but were denied media credentials and escorted away by Capitol Police.
Later, however, “these individuals reportedly re-entered the building through representatives of House Select Committee Investigators Adam Schiff and Jake Auchincloss on Jan. 6,” the Republican letter said. Say.
“These individuals were arrested and charged with illegal entry after causing ‘disruption’ in the offices of several Republican lawmakers, including ‘knocking’ on their office doors,” the letter said. activities of the select committee, but it is unclear whether the select committee was involved or aware of these individuals’ plans to harass the Republican office.”
According to Fox News, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Auchincross and Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., were interviewed earlier by the production crew.
Those arrested and charged include Robert Smigel, the comedian behind the cigar-chewing dog puppet’s triumphant insult to the comic dog, who appears regularly on Mr. Colbert’s show.
At 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Capitol Police responded to a disturbance at the Longworth Tower office building, which reportedly included knocking on the doors of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Mr. Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.
Mr Davis is a senior member of the House Administrative Committee, which oversees Capitol Police.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) June 20, 2022
Mr. Schiff, who served on the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack, appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday but was not asked about the incident.
The Washington Times has reached out to Mr. Schiff and Mr. Auchincross for comment.
The Jan. 6 select committee last week investigated Georgia Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk for leading a tour the day before the riots that included at least one person who took part in the Capitol march.
Mr Loudermilk denies leading a “reconnaissance tour”, accusing the January 6 commission of a “smear campaign” that led to threats against himself, his staff and his family.
“Once again, instead of contacting me directly, the committee released carefully edited and selected information to the media with the express intent of creating a false narrative about voters visiting my office on January 5, 2021. Me, my family , my employees continue to receive severe threats of violence,” Mr Laudermilk said in a statement on Wednesday. “I believe the J6 committee members and their staff are directly responsible for these baseless allegations and threats.”
CBS said in a statement that interviews with Colbert’s team “were authorized and pre-arranged through congressional aides of the members being interviewed.”
“After leaving the members’ offices for the last interview of the day, when they were detained by Capitol Police, the production team stayed to shoot the stand-up and other final comedy elements,” the network said.
Capitol Police said the incident is “actively under criminal investigation and may result in additional criminal charges in consultation with U.S. Attorneys.”