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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

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Obama to speak at Cummings ’ s funeral in Baltimore on Friday. Rep. “At the request of Mrs. (Maya) Rockeymoore- Cummings , he will deliver remarks about the remarkable life and legacy of one of this country’ s finest public servants,” Obama spokeswoman Katie Hill said in a statement late Wednesday.

From C-SPAN coverage, President Obama remarks at the 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner.

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

Barack Obama holding a sign: Obama to deliver remarks at Cummings's funeral© Getty Images Obama to deliver remarks at Cummings's funeral

"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.

Maryland governor sets special election date to fill Cummings' seat .
The special general election will be April 28 — the same day as the state's presidential primaryRepublican Governor Larry Hogan issued a proclamation on Monday that orders a special primary election for the 7th Congressional District, which includes Baltimore, to be held February 4. The special general election will be April 28 — the same day as the state's presidential primary.

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