in the vicinityVideoRep. Elijah Cummings has died at the age of 68 years
House oversight Chairman passes away due to many years of health challenges.
The passing of the House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings leaves behind a gap in the leadership of the Congress in-charge request, such as the powerful Democrats of the spear was the tip of the efforts, in addition to Adam Schiff and Eliot Engel.
Cummings, of Maryland, died early on Thursday “due to complications, long-standing challenges in the health sector,” his office said in a statement. The late Congressman was in poor health in recent years, the Navigation in the Capitol in a motorized cart and a walker.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, to take over as the next in the ranking, the Hammer of the Committee, is now completing Cummings’ post and serve the “action” Oversight Committee chair.
Cummings was in charge of the house impeachment inquiry into President Trump last month, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is announced, the formal process following revelations about the president’s phone call with the Ukrainian President over the summer.
Cummings, along with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and house Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-NY, conducted the investigation, sending out subpoenas, document requests, and conducting interviews with trump administration officials, who might hold information that is relevant for the effort.
Any official house impeachment investigation, or update statement was issued on behalf of the three Committee chairmen, in spite of the fact that Cummings had not been seen on Capitol Hill in the last few weeks, while some of these prominent closed-door interviews with officials.
“Elijah Cummings was the heart and soul of our group, a trusted leader with a voice that could move mountains. He was our moral and ethical North Star,” Schiff tweeted Thursday. “Now we are led by his powerful memory, and incomparable heritage. Rest In peace, my friend.”
Meanwhile, as the news spread of Cummings’ passed on Thursday, the Oversight Committee has a scheduled hearing and house Republicans postponed cancelled a press conference where they planned to lambast the Democrats about the impeachment inquiry, and said it would be rescheduled.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Elijah Cummings, a man of great consequence and importance to the Oversight Committee for the last twenty years,” Committee ranking member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said in a statement Thursday. “He injected a relentless passion and purpose in his work in the Committee.”
Jordan added that his prayers are with the Cummings family and his employees.
“Their loyalty and attachment to him, speaks volumes about his character,” said Jordan.
Pelosi, when asked about the timeline for the future on the impeachment inquiry, said: “The timeline depends on the truth line.”
It was also asked whether the Democrats would hold, what the American voters wanted to remove in relation to the President.
“The voters are not going to decide whether we are to honor our oath of office,” she said.
Meanwhile, President Trump, the the topic of other investigations, led by Cummings and his Committee, not only sent the removal request, but expressed his condolences to the Cummings family and friends.
“I’ve seen first-hand the power, the passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader,” Trump tweeted on Thursday morning. “His work and his voice on so many fronts is not very hard to replace if it is impossible!”
He collided with the trombone, after the President criticized in his district as a “rodent-infested Chaos”, where “no man would want to live.”
Cummings replied that the government stop civil servants must, “hateful, sharing incendiary comments,” which serve only to himself and to distract the nation from its real problems, including mass shootings, and the white superiority.
“Those who need to stop in the highest levels of government, afraid to call the behaviour use of racist language and the promotion of reprehensible,” Cummings said in a speech in August at the National Press Club.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Alex Pappas and The Associated Press contributed to this report.