The U.S. Capitol Police arrested seven staffers from “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” for allegedly trespassing in a Capitol Hill building on Thursday night.
The group was “arrested in the Longworth House Office Building after being escorted out of the Jan. 6 committee hearing earlier in the day because they did not have proper press credentials,” Fox News reported.
Capitol Police said the seven individuals were “unescorted and without Congressional ID” in a hallway on the sixth floor.
The building had been closed to the public, and the group was asked to leave earlier in the day.
The “Late Show” staffers reportedly applied to get press credentials for the hearing, but were denied by the House Radio/TV Gallery because they are not considered “news,” said Fox.
Interviews were conducted by the group earlier in the day with Reps. Adam Schiff, (D-Calif.), Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) and Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.).
The meetings were “authorized and prearranged through Congressional aides of the members” they met with, according to the New York Post.
After being kicked out of the building, they were let back in to the Longworth House Office Building sometime after 4 p.m. by an aide for Auchincloss.
While unattended, the group allegedly explored the House office buildings for hours.
The U.S. Capitol Police told Fox News that it received a call for a disturbance in the Longworth House Office Building at 8:30 p.m. and noted that additional charges could be filed.
“The building was closed to visitors, and these individuals were determined to be a part of a group that had been directed by the USCP to leave the building earlier in the day,” the statement from USCP said.
Sources told Fox News that the group took videos and pictures of the offices of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.).