December 19, 2019

Nancy Pelosi recognizes late Rep. Elijah Cummings after impeachment vote: He was 'our North Star'

Nancy Pelosi recognizes late Rep. Elijah Cummings after impeachment vote: He was 'our North Star'One person was on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) mind on Wednesday night: her late colleague Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).During a press conference held after the House voted to impeach President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Pelosi said she wanted to take some time to honor Cummings, who died in October at the age of 68. Cummings, she said, "isn't with us physically in this room, but I know is present, was present all day for the deliberations."Pelosi described Cummings, who as chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee was a key figure in the impeachment inquiry, as being "our North Star," and shared some remarks he made that she found fitting. "He said, 'When the history books are written about this tumultuous era, I want them to show that I was among those in the House of Representatives who stood up to lawlessness and tyranny.' He also said, somewhat presciently, 'When we're dancing with angels, the question will be, 'What did you do to make sure we kept our democracy intact?'""We did all we could, Elijah," Pelosi said. "We passed the two articles of impeachment. The president is impeached." > Speaker Pelosi, invoking the late Elijah Cummings: "We did all we could, Elijah. We passed the two articles of impeachment. The president is impeached." Via ABC pic.twitter.com/YaReEwNObc> > -- Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 19, 2019More stories from theweek.com Trump accidentally says Democrats will receive an impeachment 'backlash at the box office' The Trump drama is about to get a whole lot weirder Michael Bloomberg unveils a health care plan that echoes those of Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg




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