The man heading up the impeachment inquiry into President Trump in the House Oversight Committee, Congressman Elijah Cummings has passed away.
The Maryland Democrat was 68 years old.
A tweet from his office says he died this morning at approximately 2:45 Eastern time at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges. Cummings became the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated President Donald Trump. https://t.co/zNe9kVmGxx
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 17, 2019
Cummings underwent surgery to repair his aortic valve in May 2017 and was absent from Capitol Hill for two months. In July 2017, he developed a surgery-related infection but returned to work.
The congressman had been suffering from “longstanding health challenges.”
Cummings made headlines over the summer when he came under attack from President Trump. The President labeled Cummings’ Baltimore district a rat-infested mess where no human would want to live and questioned why the congressman wasn’t doing more to find out what happens to the billions of dollars of financial aid going to his city.
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
Cummings attended Howard University and later went on to graduate from the University of Maryland School of Law. He practiced law for nearly two decades before his election to the House. He also held no less than a dozen honorary doctoral degrees from universities around the nation. He leaves behind a wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, and three children.