No charges for the ‘Late Show’ crew arrested on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON – Federal prosecutors said Monday they refused to file charges against nine people associated with CBS’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” who were detained in a building on the U.S. Capitol complex last month.

The decision, made by U.S. attorneys in Washington, comes after prosecutors determined they “cannot proceed” with the felony charges against the nine people arrested June 16 in the Longworth House office building. The incident came after the third public hearing of the House panel investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol uprising.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said it was unlikely that a conviction could be obtained and upheld since the nine detainees had been invited and their bodyguards had never asked them to leave the building.


Although Capitol police refused to provide the names of those arrested, a person familiar with the matter provided the Associated Press with a list of nine people who had been detained by Capitol police. They included several producers, along with comedian and writer Robert Smigel, the voice behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

Capitol police officials said Monday that they respect the decision made by the U.S. prosecutor’s office.

Police said the group was arrested on charges of illegal entry “because members of the group were told several times before entering Congress buildings that they had to stay with escort staff inside the buildings and did not.”

Prosecutors said the group had been invited by Congressional officials and they never asked him to leave for the staff members who invited them. U.S. prosecutors said some people in the group of nine were informed by police that they were supposed to have an escort.


“The Office would be required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that these guests were guilty of the offense of illegal entry because their escort chose to leave them unattended,” said Bill Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “We do not believe it is likely that the Cabinet will be able to obtain and maintain convictions for these charges.”

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No charges for the ‘Late Show’ crew arrested on Capitol Hill

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