Rep. Elijah Cummings scared off intruder at Baltimore residence

Maryland congressman and city were criticized by President Trump several times over the past week

The home of Congressman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., was broken into on July 27. (File Photo Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
The home of Congressman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., was broken into on July 27. (File Photo Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Posted August 1, 2019 at 6:03pm

The Baltimore Police Department is investigating an early-morning burglary at the home of Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, according to CBS Baltimore.

A person tried to break into the Congressman’s Baltimore residence last Saturday, but Cummings scared the intruder off.

“An individual attempted to gain entry into my residence at approximately 3:40 AM on Saturday, July 27. I was notified of the intrusion by my security system, and I scared the intruder away by yelling before the person gained entry into the residential portion of the house,” Cummings said in an emailed statement. “I thank the Baltimore Police Department for their response and ask that all further inquiries be directed to them.”

The residence is located in the 2000 block of Madison Avenue, according to CBS Baltimore.

“Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed,” President Donald Trump tweeted Friday morning. “Too bad!”

Cummings and the city he represents, Baltimore, have been denigrated by Trump in several tweets since July 27, including jabs at the level of crime in the city.

“Baltimore, under the leadership of Elijah Cummings, has the worst Crime Statistics in the Nation. 25 years of all talk, no action! So tired of listening to the same old Bull…Next, Reverend Al will show up to complain & protest,” Trump tweeted on July 29. “Nothing will get done for the people in need. Sad!”

Trump has also criticized Cummings for his role as the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform after the Maryland Democrat’s panel voted on party lines to subpoena communications by White House aides using personal electronic accounts. If the subpoena succeeds, Cummings would get access to messages penned by presidential daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, both of whom work in the West Wing.

The Capitol Police and the Baltimore Police Department did not return a request for comment.

John T. Bennett contributed to this report.