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NYT: Cummings' Death Leaves Vacancy Atop Oversight Panel

NYT: Cummings' Death Leaves Vacancy Atop Oversight Panel
The late Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 17 October 2019 09:04 PM

The death of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., set off a quiet contest to succeed him at the helm of a crucial panel leading the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, according to The New York Times.

Rules call for senio Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., to step in as acting chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, with a permanent leader elected later, the Times noted.

An election must be held within 30 calendar days, the Times reported.

Though she has not played a big role in the impeachment probe, Maloney is likely to make a strong bid for the position, the Times reported.

But she could face a challenge from Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., who ranks No. 6 on the panel but has taken a more active role in the inquiries, the Times reported. 

Rep. William Clay Jr., D-Mo., is third in line, but has largely stayed on the sidelines during committee work, though he is a prominent member of the Congressional Black Caucus, a group his father, Rep. William Clay, helped found.

"I have no interest in discussing this today," he told the Times, adding: "That'll come another day."

Democrats could also consider a wild card from outside the committee, like Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., who currently sits on the Judiciary Committee and leads the House Democratic Caucus, the Times reported.

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The death of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., set off a quiet contest to succeed him at the helm of a crucial panel leading the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, according to The New York Times.
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