State Secretary Mike Pompeo extended his condolences after the death of veteran Democrat congressman Elijah Cummings, and called the late veteran a “dedicated public servant,” The Hill reported.
“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.”
Cummings, who was 68 years old, chaired the powerful House Oversight Committee and was a key leader of investigations into President Trump 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 on travel 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.