(PatrioticPost.com)- The Stephen Colbert comedy troupe allegedly ignored “several times” warnings not to enter Capitol property. During an unauthorized nighttime visit, police claim that the group’s boisterous behavior in a congressional office building led the staff of a Democratic congressman to fear for his safety and call for help.
Authorities described loud banging on doors, references to a “cocaine orgy,” and threats to put something under a congressman’s door, which is very different from the humorous description of “first-degree puppetry” that the CBS television comedian gave following the high-profile arrest of his team last month.
According to a formal letter from the agency’s chief, the Biden Justice Department’s choice not to prosecute nine Colbert staff members for unauthorized access offended the department.
Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger wrote in a letter to Republican Reps. Rodney Davis of Illinois and Jim Jordan of Ohio, that, unfortunately, the U.S. Attorney’s office declined to prosecute any members of the group for Unlawful Entry, despite all of the evidence the Department presented, including the fact that the group or its leader had been informed numerous times that they could not be in the buildings without an escort.
The nine Colbert staff members who were detained on June 16 for unauthorized access to a House office building were revealed in the letter by Manger to have previously been denied press credentials by the House Radio/TV Gallery.
The chief also disclosed that two of the nine staff members misled responding police officers into believing the Colbert crew was “credentialed employees” when they refused to comply after being arrested and invoked their Miranda rights.
The Colbert team was arrested in June 2022 while handing out invites to a “cocaine orgy” at the Capitol, according to a letter from USCP to Congress. Police detained the team because they were being raucous but not shooting when they pretended to hand out invites, the letter said. A staffer to Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman phoned police after feeling intimidated by the team’s actions and fearing for his safety. Allegedly, they tried to film comedy skits with a puppet outside the offices of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Jim Jordan, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene.