Who will fill the leadership void left by Elijah Cummings in the Trump impeachment inquiry?

The absence of Rep. Elijah Cummings, the late chairman of the House Oversight Committee, looms large as Democrats move forward with impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

It’s been widely reported that Republicans may maneuver Reps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows onto the House Intelligence Committee, two of Trump’s chief defenders, so they can participate in the first public impeachment hearings this week. I can’t help but think that if Cummings were alive today, Democrats would add him to the panel as a counterweight.

The hard reality is there is no way to replace all the things that Cummings brought to his role. But Democrats have a responsibility to Cummings’ memory to choose a successor who can help finish the work he devoted his final days to doing.

We’ve seen in recent congressional hearings, with witnesses as defiant as former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and as reluctant as former special counsel Robert Mueller, how important


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