Senator Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) announced on Monday that she would step down as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, following criticism by progressive groups and even some of her colleagues during the confirmation process of Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
“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,” Feinstein said in a statement. “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.”
Democrats vociferously opposed the confirmation of Barrett, who is pro-life, alleging that her appointment to the Supreme Court would threaten abortion rights. However, at the conclusion of the confirmation hearings Feinstein congratulated Judiciary Committee head Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) on “one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in.”
Progressive group Demand Justice, which advocates for the appointment of liberal federal judges, slammed Feinstein following those remarks.
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