The staff members of CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” were arrested in a building in the U.S. Capitol complex last month. They were picked by the USCP after being suspected of breaking into a Congressional office building illegally. It turns out they won’t have to face any legal trouble.

According to the Associated Press, federal prosecutors have chosen not to prosecute the team engaged in the case. The United States Attorney’s Office in Washington announced the decision after prosecutors determined they “could not continue ahead” with the misdemeanor charges against the nine people detained on June 16th at the Longworth House Office Building.

The list of detained individuals includes several producers, as well as comedian and writer Robert Smigel, the voice behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. According to Bill Miller, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office, the charges cannot be moved further because the staffer’s escort left them unattended.

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.

When Stephen Colbert addressed the incident on ‘The Late Show,’ he shrugged it off. He couldn’t believe someone would connect puppetry to the events of January 6, when protesters stormed the Capitol in an effort to reverse Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 Presidential election. Colbert emphasized that they were guests with all the necessary clearances.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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