Committee News

The home page for Parliament’s select committees. These are small groups of MPs that examine Parliamentary business in detail. Find out about their current and past work, read their reports, and see submissions and advice that they have received. You can also find out where and when committees are meeting and how to come along.

House investigators have uncovered new evidence that links the Republican activist who organized the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on Congress to the Oath Keepers militia group. The new audio files, obtained by CBS News, show that an investigator pressed Michael Flynn to testify about his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results and whether he pressured military and intelligence officials to help him.

On the recommendation of the committee, the Director-General decides that the COVID-19 pandemic does not constitute a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). The Director-General also notes that the Committee’s previous advice was based on limited information and that further epidemiological data have become available since that time.

Members of the committee were informed of their duties and responsibilities and reminded that they must disclose any personal, financial or professional connections which might be judged to constitute a conflict of interest. Representatives of WHO’s legal department and the departments of compliance, risk management and ethics briefed the committee. The Chairman, Professor Didier Houssin, welcomed the Committee and the Secretariat.

At the start of the meeting, the Chair reviewed the agenda. He then introduced the presenters.

Congressional investigators have gathered enough evidence to make a criminal referral against Trump and Eastman over their roles in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, a House panel said Thursday. The panel has compiled two million pages of documents and is reviewing some of the 40,000 hours of police footage that Speaker Kevin McCarthy gave to Fox’s Tucker Carlson, according to aides on the select committee investigating the riots.

The committee voted to refer the president and Eastman over their actions during the riots, saying they violated federal laws on obstruction of justice and making false statements. The committee believes there is “more than sufficient evidence” to prosecute them for these offenses, the aides said.

The panel also referred four Republicans to the House Ethics Committee for punishment for failing to comply with the committee’s subpoenas. Those include GOP leaders Jim Jordan and Andy Biggs, as well as Reps. Scott Perry and Jim Blackburn, who are running to replace McCarthy as speaker. The Justice Department has not commented on the panel’s referrals. But if the committee’s recommendations are followed, the four lawmakers could face sanctions such as fines or losing their committee assignments. If convicted, the four would not be permitted to run for higher offices. The panel’s final report is due this fall.