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Rep. Cummings on Oversight Role: 'We've Gotta Hit the Ground' Flying

as chairman of house oversight and reform committee, cummings has the power to initiate investigations or call hearings

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., left, in the Capitol. (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

By    |   Sunday, 13 January 2019 10:32 PM

House Oversight and Reform Committee chairman Elijah Cummings plans to make the most out of his subpoena power after two years of what he described as being stonewalled by Republicans, the Baltimore lawmaker told CBS' News "60 Minutes" during an interview that aired Sunday. 

"We've gotta hit the ground, not running, but flying," he told CBS' Steve Kroft. 

As chairman, Cummings has the power to initiate investigations or call hearings and has the authority to investigate whichever topics he chooses. He also has subpoena power. 

Cummings's staff has already sent 51 letters to government officials, the Trump Organization and the White House requesting documents related to topics including, "private use of government owned aircraft by cabinet members to the flow of foreign money into various Trump enterprises like his hotel in Washington," reports CBS. 

Cummings says he thinks Trump is making "a lotta money" off this job. 

"It's not okay. And, but this is the other piece. I still believe that people -- the average citizen, the guys on my block, they oughta know if the president is making a deal, whether he's making it -- making it in his self-interest or that of the country."

Cummings said he's prepared to take any battle to the courts.

"One of the interesting things about the courts is that our president has been making sure that some of the most conservative judges are being appointed to the federal bench," Cummings said. "And I think he relies on that, and I think that he assumes that the courts will possibly be, it all depends, be helpful to him."

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House Oversight and Reform Committee chairman Elijah Cummings plans to make the most out of his subpoena power after two years of being stonewalled by Republicans, the Baltimore lawmaker told CBS' News "60 Minutes" during an interview that aired Sunday.
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