Dianne Feinstein Issues Statement After Receiving Pressure to Resign


Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) responded to pressure she has received to resign from the Senate.

In a statement released Wednesday, Feinstein said, “When I was first diagnosed with shingles, I expected to return by the end of the March work period. Unfortunately, my return to Washington has been delayed due to continued complications related to my diagnosis.”

She added, “I intend to return as soon as possible once my medical team advises that it’s safe for me to travel. In the meantime, I remain committed to the job and will continue to work from home in San Francisco.”

Feinstein shared she understands “that my absence could delay the important work of the Judiciary Committee, so I’ve asked Leader Schumer to ask the Senate to allow another Democratic senator to temporarily serve until I’m able to resume my committee work.”

The statement came the same day Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) called on Feinstein to resign in a tweet.

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“It’s time for Senator Dianne Feinstein to resign. We need to put the country ahead of personal loyalty. While she has had a lifetime of public service, it is obvious she can no longer fulfill her duties. Not speaking out undermines our credibility as elected representatives of the people,” Khanna wrote.

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) agreed with Khanna’s take.

“Senator Feinstein is a remarkable American whose contributions to our country are immeasurable. But I believe it’s now a dereliction of duty to remain in the Senate and a dereliction of duty for those who agree to remain quiet,” Phillips tweeted.

Lawmakers are not the only ones to call on Feinstein to step back from her post.

Jon Lovett, a former speechwriter for former President Obama, argued during an episode of the Pod Save America podcast, “Because she is not in the Judiciary Committee, Durbin has said that it has made it basically impossible to move a lot of these lower court nominees to the Senate for a vote, which means that Dianne Feinstein, who should not be in the Senate, is now preventing us from being able to confirm judges.”

Lovett said “what the people around Dianne Feinstein are doing, allowing, being part of this farce of having a lack of a senator in such an important job is really wrong.”

He added, “And Dianne Feinstein should no longer be in the Senate. She has to resign and more people should be calling on her to resign.”

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