Many were shocked and completely surprised to learn this week that House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings had passed away on Thursday at the age of 68.
He had been battling an illness, but it was still surprising to learn that a member of Congress had passed away.
Just as his long career in Congress was marred with controversy — including allegations that he abused his power to enrich his wife and her businesses — it has been revealed what his final act was from his hospital bed.
And it’s not good.
Just hours before he died, the Maryland Democratic lawmaker supposedly signed a subpoena — but there are serious questions about whether he actually signed it.
The subpoena, related to a temporary end to a policy change allowing some non-citizens with severe health issues to remain in the country, certainly appears to show Cummings’ signature was off.
The signature on the subpoena — which is dated October 16, when he died — can be seen in the screenshot below:
On another subpoena, which was dated September 30, 2019, his signature is entirely different.
Critics will argue that Cummings’ signature on Thursday was different than the one he signed last month because he was very ill.
But others are speculating that the differences are too obvious — and that could be very problematic.
The signatures on both subpoenas are clearly very different.
Why does this matter?
A subpoena is a legal document and many have argued that only the chairman of the congressional committee has authorization to sign that document.
Forging the signatures of members of Congress could be a felony, or at worst, against congressional rules.
Some might say forgeries happen all the time in Washington, D.C., which is part of the problem and why corruption is so rampant.
But when it’s a congressman’s very last signature before they pass away, people tend to analyze things for any inconsistencies.
It’s hard to say what was going on or what happened.
Did one of his staffers sign these subpoenas instead? Were these rushed, because they knew the congressman’s health was failing? Is it illegal for another Democratic lawmaker sign the documents for Cummings? Are they valid if Cummings himself did not sign them?
These are serious questions that many want answers to.
One thing is certain — other than the lefty mainstream media refusing to cover this story — many are highly skeptical of who signed the subpoena just hours before Cummings’ tragically passed away.
And most likely agree that this should warrant an investigation to clear up the remaining questions.