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Obama to deliver remarks at Cummings's funeral

Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFormer Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Amanda Gorman captures national interest after inauguration performance Riding to the rescue on climate, the Biden administration needs powerful partners MORE will reportedly speak at the funeral of late Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse Democrats reintroduce bill to reduce lobbyist influence Trump voters and progressives have a lot in common — and Biden can unite them We must act on lowering cost of prescription drugs 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 TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism 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 ObamaAmanda Gorman captures national interest after inauguration performance A Day in Photos: The Biden Inauguration Scorned and mistreated, Melania Trump deserved much better from the media 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.