The death of United States of America Congressman, and Maryland Democrat, Rep Elijah Cummings has been announced, as the man who was until his death, one of the huge critics of President Donald Trump, was said to have died at the age of 68 on Thursday 17th October, 2019.
The office of Elijah Cummings announced his death on Thursday morning, saying the longtime Maryland Democrat and key figure leading the investigations into President Donald Trump’s impeachment, died at the age of 68 of “complications concerning longstanding health challenges,” his office said in a statement.
Elijah Cummings had represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District since 1996 and served as the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, one of the panels involved in the impeachment inquiry of Trump.
He oversaw a range of investigations into the Trump administration, from issues relating to the impeachment inquiry to the treatment of migrants at the southern border to the use of personal email for official use by White House officials to how a citizenship question was considered for the US census.
And it was his committee that grilled Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, in a blockbuster hearing this past February.
According to reports, Cummings had been in failing health in recent weeks. He had been in and out of the hospital, missing votes and business in his committee. He was spotted several times with a breathing tube in his nose connected to oxygen while sitting on the House floor.
When speaking to reporters, he would have to wait for 15 to 20 seconds or so to catch his breath before speaking. He would drive around on a motorized wheelchair through the Capitol and then walk in using a walker.