Nine staff members had been arrested last month on unlawful entry charges as they were filming a segment inside the building involving a puppet
Nine “Late Show” staff members were arrested on June 16 as they were filming a segment starring a puppet called “Triumph the Insult Comic Dog,” according to the Capitol Police and Mr. Colbert, who discussed the arrests on his show last month.
The staff was filming interviews between the puppet and Congress members.
Police officers detained the staff as they were in a hallway wrapping up a second day of filming, Mr. Colbert said at the time.
“My staff were just doing their job,” he said, calling it a very unpleasant experience for them.
Representatives for the US Attorney’s Office and for CBS Broadcasting Inc., which broadcasts the “Late Show,” didn’t immediately return requests for comment Tuesday.
In a statement Monday, the Capitol Police said, “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.”
The Capitol Police said that it respected the prosecutors’ decision not to charge the “Late Show” staff.
The staff was arrested about a week after a House select committee began holding a series of televised hearings about the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
After Fox News host Tucker Carlson
accused the staff of being insurrectionists, Mr. Colbert responded on his show last month by saying that his staff wasn’t inside the Capitol building.
“An insurrection involves disrupting the lawful actions of Congress,” he said, adding, “this was first-degree puppetry.”
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