Rep. Adam Schiff is accused by House Republicans of admitting Colbert staff into the Capitol.
A camera team for Stephen Colbert's "Late Show" was allegedly granted unauthorized access to congressional offices by California Democrat Adam Schiff, according to House Republicans.
"Adam Schiff's buddies smuggled Stephen Colbert's crew into the U.S. Capitol and arranged for unlawful reconnaissance tours of Republican offices," according to an official account from the House Judiciary Committee Republicans.
"On the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, @RepAdamSchiff's cronies sneak in Stephen Colbert's staffers and provide unauthorized reconnaissance tours of Republican offices across Capitol Hill," they added in a follow-up message that embedded a Fox News segment on the arrests by host Jesse Watters.
Colbert crew members Jake Plunkett, Allison Martinez, Tyrone Dean, Stephen Romond, Nicoletta Green, Brendan Hurley, Robert Smigel, Josh Comers, and David Feldman were arrested by US Capitol Police in the Longworth House Office Building around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Longtime comedian Smigel is best known as the voice of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. The Colbert crew had spent the entire day taping interviews surrounding the current hearings on January 6.
Nine individuals reportedly spent the night in jail before being freed on Friday.
Fox News stated that Capitol police charged them with "unlawful entry" and that "this is an active criminal investigation that may result in additional criminal charges in cooperation with the US Attorney."
Some internet conservatives were quick to draw parallels to the January 6 incident. Tucker Carlson, presenter of Fox News, remarked that several of those who rushed the Capitol that day have been prosecuted with unlawful entry and now face lengthy jail sentences.
"Stephen Colbert's producers just staged a coup at the United States Capitol," he stated.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado) inquired, "Why was @StephenAtHome's staff in my office last night and breaking federal law?"
"Was this an illegal reconnaissance mission or a full-fledged uprising?" Did they enter? Did Stephen pay for it? Is he being prosecuted? "I require answers," she stated.