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You can’t be in a House or Senate office building or anywhere in the U.S. Capitol without a minder.
Even if you’re Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.
U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) arrested seven production staffers from “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert — eight if you include the puppet dog — and charged them with unlawful entry last Thursday night.
Fox is told they were banging on the office doors of House Republicans in the Longworth House Office Building and being “disruptive, loud” and “theatrical” as they recorded comedy skits for the Late Show around 8:30 pm. Capitol Police had enough and arrested the crew near the office of Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., on the sixth floor of Longworth.
The problem is that the “Colbert 7” weren’t even supposed to be inside the Capitol complex. Especially at that hour.
Here’s some background:
The House and Senate Radio/TV Galleries have a process for credentialing “electronic” news reporters, such as TV. The Radio/TV Correspondents Association (RTCA), comprised of journalists who cover Congress, typically determines who and what organizations qualify for a permanent or a temporary press pass to cover Congress. For instance, CBS News qualifies. A group from The Late