Elijah Cummings

Trump’s Business Tangles Rankle Democrats, Watchdog Groups
Critic questions whether the Oval Office will become ’another revenue center’

Then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in March gave a tour at the construction site for the Trump International Hotel, at the Old Post Office Pavilion in downtown Washington. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The potential ethics pitfalls stemming from Donald Trump’s private enterprises will test congressional Democrats and government watchdog groups, as they try to pressure the incoming president to fully separate himself from his global business deals.

It is likely to be a long fight, spanning well into Trump’s presidency.

Republicans Press to Keep Clinton Investigation Going
Clinton camp says efforts "will only backfire"

Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, left, and South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy,  (standing) before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, are looking at ways to further investigate Hillary Clinton. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 7/1/ 7:30 p.m. The Justice Department’s decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton over her handling of classified information while secretary of state ended one investigation. But Republicans are pressing for more scrutiny — beginning this week.  

House and Senate Republicans will pursue Clinton on two fronts over the email scandal that has amplified their criticism of her as untrustworthy just as she prepares to accept her party’s nomination for president the week after next in Philadelphia.   

Republicans Grill Comey On Clinton’s Classified Emails
 

The House Oversight and Government Reform committee held a hearing Thursday grilling FBI Director James B. Comey on his announcement that the FBI would not be recommending charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server.

Comey defended the impartiality of his decision, saying “the recommendation was made the way you would want it to be, by people who don’t give a hoot about politics.”

‘Day of Action’ on Gun Violence
Rallies across the nation call for Congress to act

Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings speaks Wednesday during a rally in Baltimore calling for action on gun safety measures. Also seen, from right, Reps. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Chris Van Hollen, both of Maryland. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

BY JEREMY SILK SMITH

When Rep. Elijah E. Cummings saw two young black men in wheelchairs, he wanted to know more.

In the End, Gowdy Declines to Assign Blame for Benghazi
Clinton says the House report adds nothing new

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, discusses the Committee's report on the 2012 attacks in Libya that killed four Americans. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., also appears. ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As House Republicans on Tuesday released their long-awaited report detailing the events surrounding the deadly 2012 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, they refused to assign blame to any individual and said the 800-page report should speak for itself.   

"I’m not in the business of apportioning culpability. I think there’s enough to go around," Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said at a news conference.  

Draft Democratic Platform Expected to be Complete Saturday
Cummings says platform will meld positions of Clinton and Sanders

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., expects to finish the platform this weekend. ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The 15 members of the 2016 Democratic Platform Drafting Committee will meet Friday in St. Louis with the goal of completing the draft platform by Saturday afternoon, Rep. Elijah Cummings said Wednesday.   

The Maryland Democrat, who is a chairman of the drafting committee, said the panel will "try to meld the positions" of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton with some offered by Sen. Bernie Sanders in an effort to bring the party together ahead of the July convention in Philadelphia.  

Cummings, Cardin Urge Calm After Freddie Gray Ruling
Maryland lawmakers urge residents to respect the verdict after police officer acquitted

Messages written in chalk decorated the outside of the burned out and looted CVS in Baltimore in May 2015. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Maryland lawmakers urged calm following the acquittal Monday of a Baltimore police officer involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, a young, unarmed black man who later died in police custody.  

A Maryland judge acquitted Officer Edward Nero, one of six officers charged in relation to Gray's death last year that sparked violent protests  in Baltimore.   

DC Budget Autonomy Ban Clears House Committee
Measure blocks effort by D.C. officials to exert control over budget

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, left, and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, seen here on May 9, have held several news conferences calling on Congress to loosen its grip on the local budget. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A North Carolina Republican's effort to force D.C. officials to get the District's budget approved by Congress will be sent to the House floor after an oversight committee defeated on Tuesday an amendment that would have loosened the federal government's grip on the city's finances.  

A bill sponsored by Rep. Mark Meadows intends to prevent any future efforts by the District to take away congressional approval of the local budget despite a court order and referendum that allows it to do so.