Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has spent years demonstrating his strength and political savvy on the House Oversight Committee. Now he’s in charge of it. He’s coming out swinging in several directions at once, most of them in Donald Trump’s general direction, and it’s clear that he’s firmly taking control.
This week Elijah Cummings announced that he’ll use his position as Chairman of the House Oversight Committee to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding Jared Kushner’s security clearance scandal. This is a big deal, because pulling at that thread will reveal why Kushner’s security clearance application was rejected the first several times, which in turn will help expose Kushner’s inappropriate connections and/or dependencies on foreign governments. But that was just the start.
Michael Cohen announced yesterday that he’s now afraid to testify before the House Oversight Committee, due to the threats that Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani have been making against Cohen’s family. Elijah Cummings stepped before the television cameras and calmly stated that he’ll compel Cohen to testify, as sure as the sun sets and rises. In other words, Cummings isn’t particularly worried about the latest complication; he knows he’ll find a way to land his witness.
This comes after Elijah Cummings revealed that he’s added four far-left firebrand Democrats to his House Oversight Committee, including Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who have been particularly harsh on Donald Trump. Cummings clearly feels that loading up his committee with young talent to complement the existing senior members is the best way to bulk up and take Trump on. Cummings is just getting started.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report