U.S. Representative Jim Jordan, of Ohio, is asking Capitol Police for surveillance videos and still photos after several staffers from “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” were arrested at the complex last week for filming stand ups in the halls of Congress after finishing some interviews with Democratic lawmakers.
Jordan, along with fellow GOP Rep. Rodney Davis, of Illinois, claim staff of the comedy show were “harassing” Republican lawmakers by knocking the doors i an effort to get interviews with them.
“These individuals were arrested and charged with unlawful entry after causing “disturbances” at the offices of several Republican members, including ‘banging’ on their office doors,” the lawmakers said in a statement, according to The Hill.
“The individuals were originally in the Capitol Complex in connection with the activities of the January 6th Select Committee, but it is unclear whether the Select Committee had any involvement in or awareness of these individuals’ planned harassment of Republican offices.”
“Please provide this material as soon as possible,” the lawmakers demanded. “If you are unable to promptly comply with this request due to ongoing law-enforcement sensitivities, we ask that you certify to us that you have taken all necessary steps to preserve responsive material in the United States Capitol Police’s custody or control.”
As reported by The Hill, “CBS confirmed that Colbert’s production team had been detained by Capitol Police, saying that they were in the building to conduct interviews for a show segment.”
“Their interviews at the Capitol were authorized and pre-arranged through Congressional aides of the members interviewed. After leaving the members’ offices on their last interview of the day, the production team stayed to film stand-ups and other final comedy elements in the halls when they were detained by Capitol Police,” the network said in a statement.