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7 in a House of Representatives office building associated with the Colbert show

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol Police said Friday that officials arrested seven trespassers at a congressional bureau building Thursday night and charged them with illegal entry.

The people identified themselves as connected to CBS’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

Another person familiar with the matter provided the AP with a list of nine people who had been stopped by Capitol Police. This included several producers as well as Robert Smigel, the voice behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

The two people who spoke to the AP were unable to publicly discuss details of the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Thursday night’s incident followed the third public hearing of the House panel investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot.

Capitol Police said they received a call around 8:30 p.m. about a disturbance at the Longworth House office block. “The building was closed to visitors, and these individuals were determined to be part of a group who had been ordered by the USCP to vacate the building earlier in the day.”

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In a statement to The Hollywood ReporterCBS said the production team was at the Capitol on Wednesday and Thursday to record a comedy segment with Triumph.

“Their interviews at the Capitol were authorized and pre-arranged by congressional assistants to the interviewed members,” the network said of other recent comedy elements on the halls when they were arrested by Capitol Police.

The USCP statement said the case “remains an active criminal investigation and may result in additional criminal charges.” Contrary to standard practice, Capitol Police refused to provide the names of those arrested.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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