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We expect that will be the new cause celebre for leftists after the latest attempted Capitol insurrection which took place this past Thursday at the “House of Our Democracy,” the United States Capitol.
That was when an unhinged mob associated with “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” trespassed at the US Capitol with the intentions of subverting our democracy! After all, turnabout is fair play, right?
Think a smaller version of January 6 without an unarmed woman getting gunned down by a US Capitol police officer.
In case you missed it, media sources, including the Washington Examiner report that at least seven members of Colbert’s production team were arrested at the Capitol Thursday night and charged with unlawful entry.
As a point of information, that was the same charge levied against a majority of January 6, 2021, protesters, many of whom are still held in DC-area jails, some in solitary confinement. However in the case of Colbert’s team, all were released.
NEW: U.S. Capitol Police: "On June 16 at approximately 8:30PM, USCP received a call for a disturbance in the Longworth House Building. Responding officers observed seven individuals… in a sixth-floor hallway… They were charged with Unlawful Entry…"https://t.co/yasBIg20xS pic.twitter.com/ehyuTOuGSx
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) June 17, 2022
According to the New York Post, the Colbert staffers were found by U.S. Capitol police officers roaming unaccompanied inside the Longworth House Office Building, which houses offices for members of the House, the USCP said in a statement to the Post.
They further stated the trespassers were “unescorted and without Congressional ID” in a hallway on the sixth floor.
The building was closed to the public at the time of the incident, and police also confirmed the same group had been asked to leave the grounds earlier in the day, when they showed up without proper credentials in the press area where the January 6 hearing was convened, Fox News reported.
The Associated Press reported a total of seven arrests, although a total of nine individuals were stopped by USCP officers, including someone named Robert Smigel, whose apparent claim to fame is being the voice behind something called “Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.” Quite a career there.
Fox reported the Late Show staff had applied for press credentials for the hearing, however since the show is not considered a “news” program, they were denied. They were at the Capitol to record interviews with House members for a segment of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Fox further reported the interviews were “authorized and prearranged through Congressional aides of the members” they met with.
Among those interviewed were the Russia collusion hoax-obsessed Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a member of the January 6 inquisition team, as well as Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), another member, and an unknown named Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-MA), Fox said.
It is believed that after they were booted from the Capitol earlier Thursday, they were let back inside without permission by an aide to Auchincloss.
Fox News reported sources indicate the trespassers took videos and pictures around the officers of Republican House members Lauren Boebert (CO) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA).
The Washington Examiner reported the following statement issued by the Capitol Police Department:
On June 16, 2022, at approximately 8:30 p.m., U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) received a call for a disturbance in the Longworth House Office Building. Responding officers observed seven individuals, unescorted and without Congressional ID, in a sixth-floor hallway.
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. They were charged with Unlawful Entry. This is an active criminal investigation, and may result in additional criminal charges after consultations with the U.S. Attorney.
In addition to Smigel, others in the group included Jake Plunkett, Allison Martinez, Tyrone Dean, Stephen Romond, Nicoletta Green, Brendan Hurley, Josh Comers, and David Feldman. It is unknown which seven were charged, nor why the additional two were not.
In a statement, CBS said:
On Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog was on-site at the Capitol with a production team to record interviews for a comedy segment on behalf of “The Late Show.”
The 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 Washington Examiner was told by a source familiar with the incident that while the group was initially given permission to enter the US Capitol complex to conduct prearranged interviews, they “overstayed their welcome.”
Wow, sounds like sedition to us!
A GOP aided drew similarities between what was facilitated by House Democrats and the January 6 committee’s assertion that Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) had nefarious intentions the day before the Capitol siege when he allegedly conducted a tour of the Capitol.
“On the 50th anniversary of Watergate, Democrat staffers from the offices of Adam Schiff and Jake Auchincloss got a film crew into the House Office Buildings that then went around the same buildings that Rep. Loudermilk was accused of giving ‘reconnaissance’ tours of—a claim that’s been debunked by Capitol Police,” the aide told the Examiner.
“Late last night, CBS employees who work for the Colbert Show were arrested by Capitol Police for unlawful entry and spend the night in jail,” the Republican aide added.
“They were not credentialed to be walking around without an escort, and they were banging on the doors of the offices of Republicans like Kevin McCarthy, Jim Jordan, and Lauren Boebert as they were filing a skit on the Jan. 6 hearings—a topic the Left and woke media keep trying to use to distract the American People from issues like inflation, crime, and the border.”
The Jan. 6 inquisition squad has tried to make a mountain out of a molehill concerning the tour given by Loudermilk, insinuating something nefarious had occurred. That contention was shot out of the water by the Capitol Police Chief this past Monday. USCP Chief Tom Manger wrote:
“There is no evidence that Rep. Loudermilk entered the U.S. Capitol with this group on January 5, 2021. We train our officers on being alert for people conducting surveillance or reconnaissance, and we do not consider any of the activities we observed as suspicious.”
While over 840 people have been arrested thus far related to the Jan. 6 siege at the Capitol, over two-thirds have been charged with trespassing or parading on Capitol grounds, much as what the Colbert crew is accused of.
House Republicans are accusing Schiff, the Trump-obsessed, bug-eyed Democrat of allowing Colbert’s crew into the Capitol, which is quite hilarious when you consider his participation in pushing for former President Trump’s second impeachment for allegedly encouraging the lamest insurrection in world history.
“Adam Schiff’s cronies snuck in Stephen Colbert’s staff to the US Capitol and facilitated unauthorized reconnaissance tours of GOP offices,” the official account for the House Judiciary Committee Republicans said.
Adam Schiff’s cronies snuck in Stephen Colbert’s staff to the U.S. Capitol and facilitated unauthorized reconnaissance tours of GOP offices.
Barely a peep from the mainstream media.
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) June 18, 2022
“On the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, @RepAdamSchiff’s cronies sneak Stephen Colbert’s staffers and provide unauthorized reconnaissance tours of Republican offices throughout Capitol Hill,” they wrote in a follow-up message, which also included an embedded Fox News segment on the arrests by Fox News host Jesse Watters.
🚨 #BREAKING: On the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, @RepAdamSchiff's cronies sneak in Stephen Colbert's staffers and provide unauthorized reconnaissance tours of Republican offices throughout Capitol Hill. pic.twitter.com/XHbLdGKRka
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) June 18, 2022
For her part, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) asked: “Why was @StephenAtHome’s staff breaking federal law and at my office last night?
“Was this an illegal reconnaissance tour or a full-on insurrection? Did thy go in? Did Stephen fund this? Is he being charged? I’m demanding answers,’ she wrote.
Why was @StephenAtHome’s staff breaking federal law and at my office last night?
Was this an illegal reconnaissance tour or a full on insurrection?
Did they go in? Did Stephen fund this? Is he being charged?
I’m demanding answers.
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) June 18, 2022
For more on The Great Insurrection That Wasn’t, we invite you to read one of our prior reports.
WASHINGTON, D.C.- With the partisan January 6th committee hearings gaining more traction, there are questions that the Democratic Party and the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) continue to refuse to answer about the riot that took place at the Capitol.
Sen. Ted Cruz: "Did any FBI agents or confidential informants actively participate in the events of January 6th? Yes or no?"
FBI: "Sir, I can't answer that." pic.twitter.com/mjL6SeHWei
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) January 11, 2022
Back on January 11th, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), grilled a senior FBI official on whether or not FBI agents or confidential informants played a role in the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021 and her response neither denied nor confirmed what he asked.
At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled, “The Domestic Terrorism One Year After January 6,” Cruz asked Jill Sanborn, executive assistant director for the FBI’s national security branch, about suspicions held by some that government officials encouraged lawless behavior during the riots. Cruz said:
“I want to turn to the FBI. How many FBI agents or confidential informants actively participated in the events of January 6th?”
“Sir? I’m sure you can appreciate that I can’t go into the specifics of sources and methods.”
“Did any FBI agents or confidential informants actively participate in the events of January 6th. Yes or no? January 6th?”
“No, sir. I can’t, I can’t answer that.”
Our FBI needs to be history … YESTERDAY.
Ms. Sanborn like the rest of the top tier needs to be tried, convicted & punished for TREASON!
Senator Ted Cruz Confronts FBI Official Point Blank About the Feds' Role in January 6 — Her Response is Chilling https://t.co/TOsfOQid0Q
— Trandall72 (@Trandall72) June 15, 2022
Cruz pushed on:
“Did any FBI agents or confidential informants commit crimes of violence on January 6th?”
“I can’t answer that, sir.”
The Senator asked again:
“Did any FBI agents or FBI informants actively encourage and incite crimes of violence on January 6th?”
“Sir, I can’t answer that.”
“Ms. Sanborn. Who is Ray Epps?”
“Yeah, I’m aware of the individual, sir. I don’t have the specific background to him.”
“Well, there are a lot of people who are understandably, very concerned about Mr. Epps. One the night of January 5th, 2021, Epps wandered around the crowd that had gathered and there’s video out there of him chanting, ‘Tomorrow, we need to get into the capital, into the capital.’ This was strange behavior. So strange that the crowd began changing, ‘Fed, Fed, Fed, Fed, Fed, Fed.’ Ms. Sanborn, was Ray Epps a Fed?”
GOP Senator Ted Cruz Confronts FBI Official Point Blank About Feds' Role in January 6 'Riot'— Her Response is Chilling… DoG https://t.co/E3zrm9y8dt
— Captain Nelson (u2biker) (@CaptainNelson6) June 15, 2022
Sanborn, again replied:
“Sir, I cannot answer that question.”
Cruz went on:
“The next day, the next day on January 6th, Mr. Epps is seen whispering to a person. And five seconds later, five seconds after he is whispering to a person, that same person begins to forcibly tear down the barricades. Did Mr. Epps urge them to tear down the barricades?”
Sanborn responded by saying:
“Sir, similar to other answers, I cannot answer that.”
Prior to questioning Sanborn, Cruz grilled National Security Division Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen about the number of people charged with crimes or incarcerated based on the events of January 6th. For each question, Olsen said he did not know.
Cruz said this claim of ignorance was in line with the DOJ’s unsatisfactory response to questions he and others asked last June about this and about numbers of prosecutions of people stemming from Black Lives Matter protests. Cruz said:
“It has been 218 days since we sent you that letter. DOJ refused to answer the letter. Today, when Sen. [Mike] Lee and I asked you about it your answer to every damn question is, ‘I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know.’ You’re under oath. You may believe at the Department of Justice that you are unaccountable to the American people, but that is not the case.”
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