Body of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings will lie in state at Capitol

The Maryland Democrat was a civil rights leader and the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that's investigating President Donald Trump.
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Representative Elijah Cummings, speaks during a National Press Club event in Washington, on Aug. 7, 2019.Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images file

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By The Associated Press

BALTIMORE — The body of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings will lie in state in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol next week.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office said in a news release that a formal ceremony open to members of Congress, the Cummings family and invited guests will be held Thursday morning, followed by a public viewing.

A wake and funeral for Cummings is planned the following day at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, where he worshipped for nearly four decades.

Cummings died Thursday at age 68 due to complications from longstanding health problems.

Cummings was the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that's investigating President Donald Trump. He was a civil rights leader and passionate advocate for the poor in his Baltimore-area district.