Dianne Feinstein to step down as top Democrat on Senate judiciary panel
California lawmaker, who has held position for four years, has faced growing opposition from progressives
the contentious hearings with a full-body embrace of Lindsey Graham, the committee’s Republican chair, and praised the proceedings as “one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in”, despite many other Democrats lamenting the Republicans’ approach to filling the seat of the late justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Brian Fallon, Demand Justice’s executive director,arguedthat Feinstein had “undercut Democrats’ position” during the hearings. Naral Pro-Choice America, a leading reproductive rights group, called Feinstein “wildly out of step with the American people”, saying the “committee needs new leadership”.
Feinstein also irked some of her fellow Democrats at Barrett’s first confirmation hearing, in 2017 for an appeals court, when she said that Barrett’s opposition to abortion must be rooted in her religion and questioned if it would influence her rulings on the bench, saying the “dogma lives loudly within you”. headtopics.com
Republicans seized on the phrase, saying it was offensive to Catholics. The backlash helped Barrett rise in the ranks of supreme court hopefuls.Feinstein has had a long career in politics. She became mayor of San Francisco in 1978, following the assassinations of the activist Harvey Milk and mayor George Moscone. She has served in the US Senate since 1992, and played an important role in the investigations into CIA torture during the wars in the Middle East as the former chairwoman of the intelligence panel. She faced a tough primary race in 2018, when the California Democratic party voted to endorse her opponent.
Feinstein said she planned to continue to serve on the judiciary, appropriations and intelligence panels but would not seek the role of top Democrat on any of those committees.In a statement, the Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, said he was “grateful for Senator Feinstein’s leadership and contributions to our caucus and country” in the judiciary post.
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Good. I take it back, there is a God. Dianne Feinstein calls for restore DEMOCRACY to the American people by replacing Senator-Representative-Governor-Mayor with renewed assemblies made up of US CITIZENS chosen by lot for 1 month giving entitlement to compensatory allowances ($88 / day) + job training & accommodation
Not surprised. She messed up by not carpeting dodgy L Graham. Finally evil receding. EmmaForni1 Very appropriate ...here we go 'Top Democrat' hardly ever sounds like a good thing. Even in the . It's a pity she didn't do so before the hearing on Amy Coney Barret. It’s about time. She’s not even a Democrat & has done nothing for CA in years.
About time. why? She's only 100 years old Allô pâté impérial j'écoute ? Why Awesome. Should have left long ago. A relic in thought with no action ever to help our citizens and country. Good. She was a DINO. Thank God. I've had it up to here with her. Let me get this straight. She’s 87 and has been on the committee for 22 years. So that means she’s been on the committee since 65, the age when most people retire? That’s the problem with US politics!
It’s about time. Retire. You are 87 years old. Go home and work in your garden. And good riddance! After she was seen hugging Lindsey Graham and chumming like old buds, she better step down. She’s made enemies Schummer and Nadler should give others a chance. We need new Dem. energy in prominent posts and congressional committees.
Thank God. That rhapsodic statement about Barrett hearing, punctuated by hugging Lyndsey Graham really made her unpalatable. Retire. just retire already. more time to give lindsay graham your undying love and affection. Making room for kalma Harris Toughness doesn't have to come in a pinstripe suit. —Dianne Feinstein
About time. When is she leaving the Senate? Soon, I hope. Good news This democrat fraud woman had a chinese spy as driver for 20 years. As she should! Bye. Progressives demanded and won ✊ Just step down period.