Obama to deliver remarks at Cummings's funeral

Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaNew Hampshire Rep. Kuster endorses Buttigieg Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall Ray LaHood backs Biden for president MORE will reportedly speak at the funeral of late Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsGOP leaders encourage retiring lawmakers to give up committee posts Pelosi taps Virginia Democrat for key post on economic panel Democratic challenger on Van Drew's party switch: 'He betrayed our community' MORE (D-Md.). 

"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 TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE. His office said he died from "longstanding health challenges."

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Obama said in a statement that he and former First Lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaArtist paints Michelle Obama, other women as battered in campaign against domestic violence Ayanna Pressley opens up about having alopecia for first time, reveals bald head in interview New nutrition facts labels are big win for consumers, public health and bipartisanship MORE 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.