Dianne Feinstein to step down as top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary panel

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein plans to step down as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee in the next Congress, according to three people familiar with the matter.

The 87-year-old California Democrat faced blowback from progressives for her handling of Amy Coney Barrett’s contentious Supreme Court confirmation hearings, particularly after praising Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for his handling of the process and giving him a hug.

After the hearings, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he had a “long and serious” talk with Feinstein. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is next in line for the job, followed by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).

Feinstein’s office did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Source: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/11/23/dianne-feinstein-step-down-senate-judiciary-439836
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