Pompeo calls Cummings a 'dedicated public servant'

Pompeo calls Cummings a 'dedicated public servant'
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoDemocrats release two new transcripts ahead of next public impeachment hearings McConnell urges Trump to voice support for Hong Kong protesters Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran MORE expressed condolences following the death of veteran Democratic Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsStopgap government funding measure includes census money, military pay raise Maya Rockeymoore Cummings reports surgery was a success, will return to campaign trail The Hill's Morning Report — Public impeachment drama resumes today MORE (Md.) early Thursday, calling him a “dedicated public servant.”

“Saddened by the news that @RepCummings, a dedicated public servant, has passed away,” Pompeo tweeted. “Our prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

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Cummings, who was 68 years old, chaired the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee and was a key leader of investigations into President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE and his administration. He often found himself on opposing sides of Trump administration officials, including Pompeo, who tangled with Cummings and other leading Democrats over interview and document demands issued to the State Department as part of the House impeachment inquiry.

Cummings had represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, which includes much of the city of Baltimore, since 1996.

Pompeo served alongside Cummings in Congress between 2011 and 2017, when he represented Kansas’s 4th Congressional District as a Republican.

Cummings’s office announced early Thursday that he died “due to complications concerning longstanding health challenges” and promised further details soon.

The secretary of State was traveling to Ankara to meet with officials there about the ongoing Turkish offensive against Kurdish-controlled territory in northern Syria when the news broke of Cummings’s death.