Powerful House Lawmaker, Vocal Trump Critic Elijah Cummings Dead At 68

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FILE - In this June 12, 2019 file photo, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., wields his gavel on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Cummings says in a letter to White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney that he wants all documents "memorializing communications between President Trump and the leader of any other foreign country" that relate to Trump's efforts to pressure the Ukrainian president. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the powerful House Democrat who represented Baltimore for more than two decades and was a vocal critic of President Trump, died early Thursday after battling health problems.

Cummings, who was 68, died at Gilchrist Hospice Care, a Johns Hopkins affiliate. As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, he was one of the most powerful Democrats in Washington, and played a key role in the House Democrats’ ongoing efforts to impeach Trump.

His office said in a brief statement that he died “due to complications concerning longstanding health challenges.” Cummings had been in ill health the past few years, navigating the Capitol in a motorized cart and using a walker.

“He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity,” his wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, said Thursday.

(AP)




10 COMMENTS

  1. Good riddance! No friend of the Jewish people nor of Israel. America will be a better place without him. Government certainly will be a better place without ham!

  2. “He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity,”

    Wow. Mamesh a Tzaddik.

  3. @MoisheInGolus and @chareidi amiti you have NO idea what you are talking about vis a vie Israel and Jews…google “Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel, look at some of the articles and pictures and THEN start talking. THIS is why people don’t listen when we throw around anti semite to anyone with different political views, regardless of their support for Eretz Yiroel and cultivating LOVE for Jews…

  4. Here is a quote from the FRONT PAGE of the program’s website:
    “The Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel is an elite two-year leadership fellowship for high school students in Baltimore.
    Our Fellows lead their generation by gaining first-hand cross-cultural knowledge and skill. Our efforts are infused with the desire to further historic African-American and Jewish bonds.”