Capitol Police confirm that Colbert staffers illegally entered the Capitol

New details have emerged regarding an incident last month in which nine individuals tied to “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” illegally entered the Capitol. 

Colbert staffers “had been told previously, they were not allowed in”

According to Fox News, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger wrote a letter to Illinois Rodney Davis and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan.

The group was made up of seven people who work as staff members on Colbert’s show, while another two individuals were present to provide them with security.

They appear to have been led by 62-year-old Robert Smigel, a producer and comedian who serves as the voice of a puppet known as “Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.”

“Defendant Smigel stated that the group was pretending to leave notes under the Member’s doors as part of the skits, but did not actually leave anything,” Manger said in his letter to the two Republican lawmakers.

“The note was allegedly an invitation to a cocaine orgy,” he added. That was likely a reference to comments made by North Carolina Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn about alleged drug use and sexual activity on Capitol Hill.

“Defendant Plunkett was told that the Gallery would not provide the group credentials since they were not press and, as they had been told previously, they were not allowed in the Congressional buildings as press,” Manger continued.

“Mr. Plunkett was told he could appeal this decision to the Gallery’s Executive Committee, but he declined to do so, saying that he knew they would not qualify as press,” the law enforcement chief noted.

Police chief says “it is unfortunate” staffer will not face prosecution

Fox News reported on Monday that federal prosecutors have announced they will not prosecute members of the group, a fact that Manger was less than pleased about.

“It is unfortunate that despite all of the evidence the Department presented, including that the group or its leader had been told several times that they could not be in the buildings without an escort, that the U.S. Attorney’s office declined to prosecute any members of the group for Unlawful Entry,” Manger lamented.

During his broadcast on Wednesday evening, Fox News host Tucker Carlson contrasted the easy treatment that Colbert staffers received with efforts to prosecute even those who did not commit violence on January 6.

“So, we’re going to have to mete out some pretty serious punishment,” Carlson quipped. “Stephen Colbert’s team of insurrectionists have been jailed for one night. That’s not a lot.”

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