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Rep. Elijah Cummings: ‘It Was Very Difficult To Sleep Last Night’

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger

Better call in the sleep specialists. That, or fire Julia Pierson, head of the Secret Service who testified before the House Oversight Committee Tuesday, where Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is ranking member.

Cummings left mid-hearing for an MSNBC TV hit. Today he was back on MSNBC for an extremely early morning appearance on “Morning Joe.”

Just short of calling for Pierson to get the ax, Elijah spoke of how his sleep is suffering.

“To be very frank with you, it was very difficult to sleep last night,” he said.

Cummings said he was “not impressed” with Pierson. He was also “extremely disappointed.”

He said he “went in hoping to hear news that our President was being properly protected and maybe we were missing something. But when I left I was just extremely upset.”

Cummings went on to say his trust had “eroded” in Ms. Pierson. “I no longer feel comfortable with her in that position. … We have a duty to make sure our diplomatics are safe.”

Asked about the latest incident in which an armed contractor was allowed in an elevator with President Obama, Cummings told co-host Mike Barnicle, “We will find out how it happened. I will not rest until we do.” (Uh oh, more sleep problems on the way.)

Maybe it was his lack of Zzzzz’s, but the congressman’s most colorful quote came at the end of his interview, when he warned anyone even thinking about thinking about thinking about harming the President.

“I don’t want you to even imagine imagine imagine imagine imagining that you can get beyond the seals of the Secret Service,” he said.

We hope the congressman gets some sleep. Of course, right after that next TV hit.