Cummings recalled as powerful orator who took on White House

Cummings recalled as powerful orator who took on White House , Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cumming, who died Thursday at age 68, was remembered as a moral voice of conscience in a .

Obama, whose 2008 presidential bid counted Cummings as an early supporter, said he and his wife, Michelle, were “heartbroken” by the loss of their friend.

With Cummings’ death, Americans “have lost a great leader at a time of crisis in our democracy,” civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis said. “When this nation needed him most, he became a moral voice ‘crying in the wilderness,’ and his words and actions ,

Called a reluctant nation to conscience,” the Georgia Democrat said in a statement. Words of praise also came from Cummings’ Republican admirers. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Cummings as “a living legend in his native Baltimore” and said he “counted close ,

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., called Cummings “a respected adversary” who was tough but fair.Rep.  Carolyn Maloney, a veteran Democrat from New York, will for now take over leadership of the House oversight committee,

According to a senior Democratic leadership aide who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the decision publicly. The committee, authorized to investigate virtually any part of the federal government, is one of three conducting the House impeachment probe of Trump.

Cummings was among the three chairmen to sign a letter seeking documents into whether Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate the family of Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden . Trump. The panel demanded documents from 2011 to 2018 as it probed Trump’s reporting of his finances and ,

Potential conflicts of interest. Last week, a federal appeals court ruled the records must be turned over. Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications of longstanding health problems,

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