Stephen Colbert Staffers Arrested Breaching U.S. Capitol And Get Off Without Even A Warning!

Apparently, it is not what you know, or how the law actually reads, but rather – who you know, who can subvert the laws to suit the situation. Such is the case with Stephen Colbert and his nine staffers, who left their appointment with Congressional Staffers, and went wandering to do photo-ops, without  permission, got arrested for trespassing and are now seeing their charges being dismissed without prosecution, government lawyers said Monday. Further, they added that they have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Here’s the history behind this mind and rule bending event.

Last month, Stephen Colbert and Nine staffers from CBS’s ,The Late Show, were arrested for allegedly trespassing in the U.S. Capitol. The group was arrested in the Capitol’s Longworth House Office Building, and initially charged with illegal entry into the House office buildings, after hours. They were reportedly escorted out of the January 6 Committee hearing, for not having proper press credentials.

Robert Smigel, the puppeteer for Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, a character on Colbert’s show, along with writer Josh Comers, associate producer Allison Martinez and senior producer Jake Plunkett, were among those arrested.

Taking videos and photographs, the staffers were reportedly, outside the offices of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Col.) for some upcoming work planned on the TV show.

Unlawful entry charges were generated and the group was arrested, according to Capitol Police-

“because members of the group had been told several times before they entered the Congressional buildings that they had to remain with a staff escort inside the buildings and they failed to do so.”

-U.S. Capitol Police

Also, according to USA today, at the time –

“Prosecutors said the group had been invited by congressional staffers and had never been asked, to leave by the staff members who had invited them. The U.S. attorney’s office said some people in the group of nine had been told by police that they were supposed to have an escort.”

A statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office went even further, blaming congressional staffers for the Late Show, employee’s behavior, who were invited into the building by congressional staffers, to conduct interviews and were never officially asked to leave the premises, though Capitol Police did tell them that they were supposed to have an escort.

The statement read:

“After a comprehensive review of all of the evidence and the relevant legal authority, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has determined that it cannot move forward with misdemeanor charges of unlawful entry against the nine individuals who were arrested on June 16, 2022 at the Longworth Office Building”

And

“The Office would be required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that these invited guests were guilty of the crime of unlawful entry because their escort chose to leave them unattended. We do not believe it is probable that the Office would be able to obtain and sustain convictions on these charges, concluding – the individuals will no longer have to appear in court later this month”

– U.S. Attorney’s Office

Offering no apologies for the incident, Colbert defended his team by saying they were doing “some last-minute first-degree puppetry and jokey make-’em-ups”, when they were taken into custody, adding everyone involved was calm and professional. Why should Colbert care that his staff were taking photos illegally in the U.S. Capitol? Especially, when his friend Chucky Schumer can fix it with the U.S. Attorneys office, avoiding any special committee of their own. How nice for them. They may wander freely, despite their warnings, while others face imprisonment and fines, after facing a kangaroo court for just standing inside the doors – without permission on January 6th.

Capitol Police, in a separate statement, late Monday, said it had been working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and was informed that the office would not prosecute the nine individuals. They responded to the decision stating.

“We respect the decision that office has made,”

-U.S. Capitol Police Statement

How could they disagree ? – they know effectively someone else is pulling the strings. They are just the guys doing their job, in an impartial manner, according to the laws they are upholding.

So, essentially in this case – laws at the U.S. Capitol are for some citizens and not for others?  If “any” of Colbert’s group were told not to enter somewhere secure, and they didn’t listen, then it is clearly the judgement of those in charge, to decide whether each had, improper motives for doing so, or not. Never mind the fact, that their presence there, was a violation of the law. Well, they are guessing then, at the U.S. Attorney’s office, because judgement of that kind that would take place at an interview, at a court appearance, which they have all now been excused from. As stated earlier – it’s not knowing the law that matters, it’s knowing those who can bend the law, to help those breaking the law, not to see any form of justice – not even a warning.

Those who approve of you and your political position can bend the rules, deciding not to charge and / or prosecute some and not others. Apparently, we can be lenient to some, but not all. Inequity one person to another with partiality is what this situation is all about. The Capitol police did their job and arrested these individuals and the U.S.  Attorney Office shrinks back from prosecuting them because they would be-

 “required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that these invited guests were guilty of the crime of unlawful entry because their escort chose to leave them unattended”

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Colbert and his staff of comedic individuals knew they were supposed to have permission to be there, with an aide and yet chose to ignore their reasons. Adults make choices every day that require living with the consequential outcome of those choices. That Colbert and his group of “special guests” should be held with more regard, than the others of January 6th , who had less invasive access to the U.S. Capitol, is a mockery of justice.

This reeks badly of favoritism and partisan justice! People have been denied their constitutional rights this year for entering the capitol without permission, losing time, finances and their freedom for just standing in the Capitol, let along taking unauthorized photos of Congressional Office doors without asking.

One Blogger reacted this way-

“there needs to be a house cleaning like this country has never seen. I mean hold a meeting with all government agencies employees in Washington and hand out pink slips”

-Rob, Breitbart Blogger

“The most sacred of the duties of a government [is] to do equal an impartial justice to all its citizens”

 -Thomas Jefferson

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