House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said on ABC's "This Week" that there's "no doubt" that President Trump is a racist and that for the first time in his 37 years in public service, he has constituents telling him they're "scared of their leader."

CUMMINGS: "George, no matter where I go, what I'm hearing over and over again from my constituents is, "Please save our democracy. Please save our country." And you know something else they say, George? They say "I'm scared." I have never, in my total of 37 years in public service, ever heard a constituent say they were scared of their leader."

Why it matters: Cummings, the chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee, has been reluctant to endorse impeachment. Yet he has not hesitated to attack President Trump as a racist who evokes fear in his own constituents, raising questions about when the Democratic Party's moral bar for impeachment will outweigh the potentially harmful political ramifications.

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Where it stands: Airline CEOs met Thursday with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who said President Trump would support an additional $25 billion from Congress to extend the current aid package through next March.

House Democrats ask DOJ watchdog to probe Durham's Trump-Russia investigation

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Four Democratic House committee chairs on Friday asked the Justice Department's inspector general to launch an "emergency investigation" into whether Attorney General Bill Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham, his appointee, are taking actions that could "improperly influence the upcoming presidential election."

Catch up quick: Last year, Barr tapped Durham to conduct a sweeping investigation into the origins of the FBI's 2016 Russia probe, after he and President Trump claimed that it was unjustified and a "hoax."