In a joint statement, former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also praised Cummings' leadership of the committee "in finding facts, exposing fictions, and demanding that our government be accountable".
Cummings responded that government officials must stop making "hateful, incendiary comments" that only serve to divide and distract the nation from its real problems. "It's about loving our country", Cummings said. The press was quick to point out that much of the rental property in Cummings's district was owned by companies controlled by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. He was appointed committee chair on January 3. He had undergone multiple surgeries in the last two years.
"He spoke truth to power, defended the disenfranchised and represented West Baltimore with strength and dignity", tweeted Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, House Democratic caucus chairman and a fellow member of the Congressional Black Caucus, on Thursday. Congressman Elijah Cummings was a fearless leader, a protector of democracy, and a fighter for the people of Maryland. Oversight is deeply involved in the testimony being taken in the impeachment "inquiry" by the House at the moment, with Adam Schiff in more or less a lead position despite his serious credibility issues.
Far from being the caricature of urban blight portrayed by Trump, Cummings's district includes mixed city neighbourhoods with elements of gentrification, as well as chunks of suburban Baltimore and adjoining Howard County.
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"He taught us patience and fortitude when confronted with malice from opponents, which he answered with 'charity for all.' And his faith in democracy served as a lesson to us all", Hoyer said in a statement. I became very determined'. He rose to become House speaker pro tem, the first black United States delegate to hold the position.
The Maryland Democratic Party said the late congressman "will always be remembered for dedicating his life's work to improving the lives of others, standing up for his community, and protecting our democracy".
Cummings has been a representative of Maryland's 7th Congressional District since 1996.
Cummings grew up in the Civil Rights Era and recently discussed how, even at a young age, he was part of that movement to integrate parts of his neighborhood.
Every day for a week, when the children tried to get into the pool, they were spit upon, threatened and called names, Cummings said; he said he was cut by a bottle thrown from an angry crowd.