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Politics Obama to deliver remarks at Cummings's funeral

08:10  24 october  2019
08:10  24 october  2019 Source:   thehill.com

US Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore has died

  US Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore has died BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office said. A sharecropper's son, Cummings became the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated President Donald Trump, and was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor in his black-majority district, which encompasses a large portion of Baltimore as well as more well-to-do suburbs.

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Former President Obama praised longtime Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings as an honorable man, as he spoke at his funeral Friday. Watch Mr. Obama ' s full

Former President Barack Obama will reportedly speak at the funeral of late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).

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"On Friday, @BarackObama will attend the service for @RepCummings," tweeted Obama spokesperson Katie Hill.

She added that Obama "will deliver remarks about the remarkable life and legacy of one of this country's finest public servants" at the request of Cummings's wife and Maryland Democratic Party Chair Maya Rockeymoore Cummings.

Cummings died last week at age 68. He was chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, one of the three panels leading an impeachment probe into President Trump. His office said he died from "longstanding health challenges."

Obama said in a statement that he and former First Lady Michelle Obama were "heartbroken" over Cummings's death.

"As Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, he showed us all not only the importance of checks and balances within our democracy, but also the necessity of good people stewarding it," the former president said.

"Steely yet compassionate, principled yet open to new perspectives, Chairman Cummings remained steadfast in his pursuit of truth, justice, and reconciliation. It's a tribute to his native Baltimore that one of its own brought such character, tact, and resolve into the halls of power every day," he continued.

Cummings will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday.

The funeral service will be held in his hometown of Baltimore on Friday.

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Many assumed that Bobby Rankin, a close friend of Cummings, had acted out of loyalty to the late congressman. Rankin said his reasons were much more personal. “When I saw Mitch McConnell, all I saw was my brother’s face,” said Rankin, one of Cummings’s pallbearers. Rankin’s brother, Jerry, died last October from cancer after being exposed to contaminated water while serving in the Marines at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Jerry did not receive the veterans’ benefits he was owed before he died, Rankin said — and he blamed McConnell in part for that family tragedy.

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