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Following the announcement by US Capitol police on Friday, a team of staff linked to CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” was arrested the night before, prompting numerous comments on social media criticizing, supporting and mocking the incident.

Among those arrested were Jake Plunkett, Allison Martinez, Tyrone Dean, Stephen Romond, Nicoletta Green, Brendan Hurley, Josh Commerce and David Feldman. Robert Smigel, a puppeteer of “Triumph the Insult Comic Dog”, was also arrested for a role in the Colbert show.

Many conservatives have compared the arrests to a January 6, 2021 capital violation.

“What did the J6 Committee know and when did they know about the Colbert uprising at the Capitol?” Federalist website editor-in-chief radio host Mark Simon wrote in astonishment, “This is what the January 6 protesters were charged with, so this Colbert Creeps has no bail, will receive solitary confinement treatment ???”

U.S. Capitol police say individuals have been charged with trespassing. “This could lead to an active criminal investigation and further indictment after consultation with the US Attorney,” the USCP added.

Others sarcastically called for a “60-day prison sentence” and called for an “FBI attack” on Colbert’s demonstration and “expelled” any Democratic congressman who aided the staff.

The incident came as the House Select Committee was holding a public hearing on the Capitol protests on January 6, when rioters stormed the Capitol building and threatened lawmakers seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Stephen Colbert staff arrested in House Office building on charges of trespassing by US Capitol police

Radio host Mark Levine wondered why the comedy crew was released after being arrested, calling it a “Colbert revolt” and “they deserve a full investigation according to the law.”

House Committee Republicans’ official Twitter handle on the judiciary wondered why there was “just a peep” about arrests in the “mainstream media”.

The group includes two Republicans in Congress, minority leader Kevin McCarthy R-Calif., Rep. Jim Jordan was reportedly recording videos and taking pictures around the offices of R-Ohio and R-Colo spokesman Lauren Bobert.

Legislators seek answers after Stephen Colbert employees’ arrest at Capitol for trespassing

A CBS spokesman told Fox News that the production team was in Capitol on Wednesday and Thursday to capture footage and other media for the new skit with Triumph.

“On Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16, Triumph is on-site at Capital with the production team to record interviews for the comedy segment on behalf of The Insult Comic Dog ‘The Late Show,” the spokesman said.

The media, set up before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on US Capital, held a second public hearing on Monday, June 13, 2022 in Capitol Hill, Washington, to reveal the findings of a year - long investigation.  (AP Photo / Andrew Hornick)

The media, set up before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on US Capital, held a second public hearing on Monday, June 13, 2022 in Capitol Hill, Washington, to reveal the findings of a year – long investigation. (AP Photo / Andrew Hornick)
(AP Photo / Andrew Hornick)

“Their interviews at Capital‌ have been authorized and pre-arranged by congressional aides of the members interviewed,” the network added. “After leaving the members’ offices during the final interview of the day, the production team filmed stand-ups and other final comedy elements in the halls when detained by the Capitol police.”

Taking the Conservatives’ opposite view, another man said, “I do not justify the actions of Stephen Colbert’s staff. They should not have done so. It is ridiculous to arrest these staff immediately.

“They were not armed like the January 6 staff or tried to overthrow the government. They did not try to assassinate and hang members of Congress.”

Another user wrote, “If you understand the difference between accidental aggression and armed rebellion, Stephen Colbert would seriously consider what boutism is.”

Others used arrests just to make jokes – mostly about the involvement of Triumph The Insult Comic Dog.

“Free Triumph is the infamous comedy dog. Release all political prisoners,” one joked, while another called “Justice for Puppets.”

Lacking proper press credentials, the staff was arrested in the Longworth House office building after being taken out of a committee hearing by the Third Public on January 6.

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Capitol police responded to a call about an altercation at the Longworth House office building around 8:30 p.m., where they identified a group of staff and then arrested them.

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“Responding officers spotted seven people in the sixth-floor hall, without an escort and without a congressional ID,” the agency said in a statement. “The building was closed to visitors and these individuals decided to be part of a group. The USCP directed them to leave the building on that day.”

Washington, DC - December 18: US Capital on December 18, 2019 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Samuel Quorum / Getty Images)

Washington, DC – December 18: US Capital on December 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Quorum / Getty Images)
(Photo by Samuel Quorum / Getty Images)

The USCP and their agency are actively investigating the case and their investigation could “lead to additional charges.”

Fox News’ Brie Stimson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.