Capitol Police on Thursday arrested seven members of the “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” production team while they were filming a segment featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, The New York Times reports.
The Capitol Police said they arrested seven people at the Longworth House Office Building on Thursday while the building was closed to visitors.
Police said the people had been told to leave the building earlier in the day.
The seven people were charged with unlawful entry and US Attorney Matthew Graves said his office may decide to bring more charges.
CBS confirmed the arrests but denied the police version of events.
The network said that they were filming a Triumph the Insult Comic dog segment when they were arrested.
The network said that the team had finished their prearranged interviews with lawmakers and were filming “final comedy elements” when they were detained.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has been a cheerleader for the Jan. 6 Capitol rioters, claimed Friday that the Colbert crew had “committed insurrection” at the Capitol.
“It’s exactly like what happened on Jan 6., so we’ll take a close look at what the punishments are,” he said.
“Liz Cheney, call your office,” he quipped. “We’ve got another committee to impanel.”