Feinstein's explanation for stepping down is not the way the media or Feinstein's critics see the move. "I will continue to do my utmost to bring about positive change in the coming years".
Feinstein's tenure as the ranking member has been fraught with complaints by Democrats for refusing to challenge Republicans in the committee about President Donald Trump's recent Supreme Court appointee.
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"We have to roll up our sleeves and get to work on undoing the damage of the last four years and protecting fundamental civil and human rights", Durbin (D-Ill.) said in a statement announcing his intentions. "If she won't, her colleagues need to intervene", writes the press release. Dick Durbin, the Democratic whip, lauded Feinstein's opening statement and questions during the hearings on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper", but characterized Feinstein's final comment to Graham as "misleading".
Even though Feinstein claimed she is demoting herself to focus on issues within her own state, many believe it's an excuse to protect herself from the far-left progressives who want to cancel her. Dianne Feinstein said Monday she will step down from her role as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, giving up the powerful spot after public criticism of her bipartisan outreach and her handling of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearings. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the chair of the Judiciary Committee, and praised him for "one of the best set of hearings that I have participated in". Lindsey Graham of SC after the end of the hearings in October for the Supreme Court confirmation of Barrett. But despite the party's past experiences, Feinstein's departure from the post may signal that the Democrat Party's more strategic, establishmentarian elements have not fully wrested control from the more strident, less patient progressive faction.
"I hate the fact that saying something nice about me, about the way I conducted the hearings, has gotten to the point now that people will drive you out of office", Graham said.
Feinstein says she's stepping down as top Democrat on Senate Judiciary Committee
Democrats including Feinstein had blasted Senate Republicans for rushing to confirm the nominee in the month before Election Day, after blocking President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in 2016 because it was an election year.
A few days later, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that he "had a long and serious talk with Sen".
It is unclear as of now who will replace Feinstein as the ranking member of the committee.
Should Democrats win the Senate in two Georgia runoffs, the Judiciary Committee chairmanship would be an exceedingly important job for the party.
If Democrats are victorious in the two upcoming January 5 Senate run-offs and regain control of the upper house of Congress, Durbin will be one of the most powerful lawmakers in the chamber.
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