Dianne Feinstein to step down as leading Democrat on Senate Judiciary Panel


Feinstein added that she plans to focus her attention on tackling climate change and the coronavirus pandemic.

Members of her own party had expressed concern ahead of Barrett’s hearing that the 87-year-old would not be aggressive enough. His approach to the battle to occupy the seat left by the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg quickly confirmed the fears of many Democrats, especially after praising Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) for his handling of the process. and giving her a hug. at the conclusion.

Shortly after the hearings, several liberal groups called on her to resign from her post. One of those groups, Demand Justice, applauded his decision to step down.

“It was a necessary step if Democrats are ever to face the damage Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have done to federal justice,” said Brian Fallon, executive director of Demand Justice. “Going forward, the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee must be led by someone who will not willingly cling to a bygone era of civility and decorum that Republicans long ago abandoned.

After the hearings, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) said he had had a “long and serious” conversation with Feinstein. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) Is next running for the post, followed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (DR.I.).

Durbin announced his interest in the job later Monday evening.

“I intend to run for first Democratic place on the Judicial Committee of the 117th Congress,” he said. “We must roll up our sleeves and work to undo the damage of the past four years and to protect basic civil and human rights. “

Some of Feinstein’s colleagues have praised his tenure after his announcement. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Judiciary Committee Member, said Feinstein “had been a firm and firm voice for the rule of law against an administration which continually threatened him” and said he waited with interest in continuing to work with her.

Schumer said he was “deeply grateful” for Feinstein’s leadership on the committee, adding: “I know that Senator Feinstein will continue her work as one of the foremost advocates of women’s rights and rights. vote, reform of gun security, civil liberties, health care and the rights of immigrants who aspire to become citizens of this great country. ”

If Democrats won the Senate twice in Georgia, the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee would be extremely important work for the party. But even if Democrats don’t win there, the non-commissioned member position will require pressure on Republicans to come up with the nominations for President-elect Joe Biden.


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