House Republicans have named a congressional aide to Massachusetts Democrat Rep. Jack O’Kincross, who allowed TV’s Stephen Colbert’s comedy crew to enter one of the House office buildings hours later.
Auchincross Chief of Staff Tim Haytham was tasked with letting “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” last week after Capitol Police instructed television crews to leave the complex earlier in the day, Republicans said Tuesday. The seven producers and crew returned to the Longworth Building. .
Rep. Rodney Davis, an Illinois Republican and a senior member of the House Governing Committee, said he was 100 percent sure that Mr. Hysom was the key staff member who coordinated events for Colbert’s team that night.
Since taking office in January 2021, Mr Hysom has worked for the first-term MP, Mr Auchinclos.
However, he has worked for other Democrats in Congress, including Rep. Adam Schiff of California. He served as Mr. Schiff’s Deputy Regional Director in 2011 and 2012, and as his Legislative Correspondent and later Legislative Assistant from 2003 to 2006.
Mr. Schiff is now a panel member of the special committee holding a hearing related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
The Washington Times reached out to Mr. Hysom for comment but did not hear back.
Mr. Hysom was also identified as a congressional staffer by Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who “harassed” her throughout the year.
According to Mrs Green, Colbert’s show crew followed her throughout the day, later with the help of Mr Haytham.
“It also happened to be the staff of Congressmen Jack Auchincross and Tim Haytham to get them back in the middle of the night when the Capitol Police kicked them out. You know, whose office are they going to? Mine. Mine. office,” she said Tuesday on the House floor.
Capitol Police say they received a call about a disturbance at the Longworth Building around 8:30 p.m.
“Responders observed seven individuals in the corridor on the sixth floor, unescorted and without congressional ID,” the agency said in a statement. “The building is closed to visitors who were identified as USCP directed earlier in the day. time to leave the building as part of a group.”
Colbert TV staff were arrested for trespassing in the House office building and released that night. The incident follows the third public hearing of a House panel investigating the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol.
CBS said the interviews conducted by Mr. Colbert’s production team were authorized and pre-scheduled through the congressional office.
However, they were previously denied a congressional press certificate, which is required to enter the Capitol, by the House Radio/TV Gallery, and were unable to obtain an additional certificate of authorization to cover the hearing.
Most of the criminal charges brought against the Jan. 6 mob were trespassing at the Capitol, the same charges against the Colbert crew.
Mr Colbert played down the incident and claimed his staff had only committed “first-degree puppets”.
The congressional tour was also the basis for related charges against Republican lawmakers on Jan. 6.
The 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 group of conducting 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.”
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