(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- Progressive liberals have pushed out Senator Dianne Feinstein from her post as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Feinstein, who is 87 years old, took a lot of heat from the far left for not attacking Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett and the Trump administration enough during Barrett’s confirmation hearings in October.
While she went off on Republicans in the Senate for speeding up the confirmation process so Barrett could get confirmed before the presidential election, she also praised Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, for how he oversaw the hearings.
When the hearings ended after four days, Feinstein told Graham that “this is one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in.” Then, Feinstein hugged Graham.
This was enough for many liberal groups to call for her to resign from the position. Two such groups, NARAL Pro-Choice America and Demand Justice, both called for her to step down from the position. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer even said he had a “long and serious talk” with Feinstein.
In announcing her decision to step down from the position Monday, Feinstein, the senator from California, said in a statement she’d “increase … attention” on the drought and wildfire crises in her state. She also listed climate change, the pandemic and “access to health care” as “critical national priorities that require even more concentration.
Her statement made no mention of Barrett’s hearings.
Brian Fallon, the executive director of Demand Justice, said following the announcement that Feinstein made the right decision. He said:
“Going forward, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee must be led by someone who will not wishfully cling to a bygone era of civility and decorum that Republicans abandoned long ago. The next top Democrat on the committee must be someone who is willing to fight for President-elect Biden’s nominees no matter what, and who will pursue bold action to restore balance to our courts.”
Despite stepping down from her position, Feinstein said she’d continue serving as a senior Democrat on the committee, as well as the Intelligence, Appropriations and Rules panels. In her statement, she said:
“After serving as the lead Democrat on the Judiciary Committee for four years, I will not seek the chairmanship or ranking member position in the next Congress. I look forward to continuing to serve as a senior Democrat on the Judiciary, Intelligence, Appropriations and Rules committees as we work with the Biden administration. I will continue to do my utmost to bring about positive change in the coming years.”
Schumer also commented on Monday, saying Feinstein was “one of the nation’s leading advocates for women’s and voting rights, gun safety reform, civil liberties, health care and the rights of immigrants who are yearning to become citizens of this great country.”
“Senator Feinstein’s experience, decades-long relationship with President-elect Biden and leadership on so many issues will continue to be an asset for our caucus, California and the country as we begin a new term with the new president.”