Hill editor-in-chief: 'Hard to imagine' House leadership without Cummings

The Hill’s Editor-in-Chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackHill editor-in-chief: Buttigieg could benefit if impeachment reaches Senate The Hill's 12:30 Report: Former Ukraine envoy offers dramatic testimony The Hill's Editor-in-Chief: Who's winning with Latinos and why? MORE mourned the death of Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsMaya Rockeymoore Cummings reports surgery was a success, will return to campaign trail The Hill's Morning Report — Public impeachment drama resumes today Maloney primary challenger calls on her to return, donate previous campaign donations from Trump MORE (D-Md.), who passed away Thursday morning at the age of 68.

“This is a giant loss,” Cusack told Hill.TV on Friday. “It’s hard to imagine the House Democratic Caucus without Cummings.”

Cusack reflected about his own interactions with Cummings, who was chairman of the powerful Oversight and Reform Committee.

“He wasn’t a backslapper,” he said. “If you interviewed him, he would get right to the point and sometimes would be a little gruff with you but he would always answer the questions.”

A number of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourned the loss of Cummings.

Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Boeing CEO gives up bonus over 737 Max crashes Democrat says he voted to recognize Armenian genocide because 'Turkey doesn't seem to respect' US MORE (D-Tenn.) held a moment of silence at a House hearing in honor of the late congressman.

“Elijah Cummings was a defender of the Constitution, a man of great knowledge, wisdom and grace,” said Cohen. “He exhibited that in all of his work in Congress, particularly as Chairman of the Oversight Committee.”

Trump and a number of Republicans also paid their respects to Cummings.

The president tweeted that Cummings, who was a fierce critic of the president, would be “hard, if not impossible, to replace.”

Former Republican Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Conway spars with Wallace on whether White House will cooperate with impeachment inquiry after formal vote Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' MORE (S.C.), meanwhile, penned an op-ed in The Washington Post about Cummings reflecting on their friendship while serving together in Congress.

“He was a fighter. He was a more than formidable political opponent,” he wrote. “He was my friend, and it is that part of life working with Elijah that I will remember and cherish the best and the longest.”

—Tess Bonn