68-year-old United States Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) died earlier today at Gilchrist Hospice Care, a Johns Hopkins affiliate. Rep. Cummings’s office did not reveal the cause of his death, but instead, reported that he died from “complications concerning longstanding health challenges.”
In the final moments of his life, it’s now being reported that Democrat staffers brought subpoenas for Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, to sign.
Mr. Cummings died at 2:45 am on Thursday. The subpoenas were delivered to the agencies on Wednesday afternoon.
CNN reports – In one of his last official acts before his death, the late House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings signed two subpoenas for documents related to a temporary end to a policy change that allowed some immigrants with severe health issues to remain in the US.
The Hill reports – In recent weeks, the biggest story in Washington — impeachment — had consumed Cummings and his Oversight and Reform Committee. Cummings, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) are the three committee chairmen leading Democrats’ three-week-old impeachment inquiry into Trump, and their panels have been interviewing key players in the investigation on an almost daily basis.
Trump, in a tweet on Thursday, offered his “warmest condolences” to Cummings’s family and friends.
“I got to see first hand the strength, passion, and wisdom of this highly respected political leader,” Trump said. “His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!”
My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings. I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2019