Fox News’ Chad Pergram confirmed, on Friday, that nine libs working for Stephen Colbert had been caught breaking into the US Capitol, saying, in a Twitter thread:
1) Fox confirms that group of persons associated with The Late Show Stephen Colbert were arrested last night and charged with illegal entry to House office buildings after hours.
2) Fox is told the people were arrested in the Longworth House Office Building. The group was in the Cannon House Office Building earlier in the day trying to get interviews around the time of the 1/6 committee hearing.
3) However, USCP shooed them away because they did not have proper press credentials.
4) However, the group surfaced later that night after the Capitol complex was closed to the public Fox is told they took pictures and video around the offices of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Lauren Boebert (R-CO).
5) They were unescorted and arrested and charged with illegal entry. They were arrested near Boebert’s office. They were released overnight.
Chad then added that “11) USCP: “They were charged with Unlawful Entry. This is an active criminal investigation, and may result in additional criminal charges after consultation with the U.S. Attorney.”
Jonathan Turley, reporting about what happened on Twitter, said:
Jesse Watters just aired a report that a crew with Stephen Colbert were arrested last night at the Capitol and charged with unlawful entry. Two members were mentioned as allowing them into the building, including House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff…
…Rep. Rodney Davis seemed to confirm the basic facts in the segment. While much still have to be confirmed on the details, the charge would be the same as most of those who were arrested in connection to the Jan. 6th riot…
…The segment suggested that they were banging on doors as part of the skit with a comedian who has appeared on the show…
…Obviously, while the charge may be the same, this is very different from breaking into the Capitol and rioting. If true, the crew could claim implied permission even if there should have been approval for the access and shooting (including notice to the Capitol police).
…The responsible member could ameliorate the situation by saying that it was a failure on the part of the office to get formal approval or notice for the shooting. It might still mean a breach of security protocol, but the House ultimately controls access in such cases.
…Once again, this is just an initial report. However, if there is a charge, it would likely be brought under 18 U.S.C. § 1752 for anyone who “knowingly enters or remains in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do so.”https://law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1752
…That notably includes the crime of remaining in the building, though the crew could argue that they had lawful authority from one of these members.
Best of the Fox personalities calling out the incident, however, was Tucker Carlson, who made a hilarious joke about them committing insurrection, as you can watch here:
Stephen Colbert's producers just committed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. pic.twitter.com/8lHkIcCYld
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) June 18, 2022
LOL. It’s time to hold June 17th hearings, making sure to hold Colbert accountable for this horrific insurrection he committed to destroy OUR DEMOCRACY!