Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is facing calls to be replaced on the committee or retire after speaking positively about this week’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
Feinstein has faced heavy criticism, with some calling for her to retire in recent days. Ilyse Hogue, president of abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America, was the latest to slam the senator. On Friday, she called for Feinstein be replaced on the committee.
“This nomination is illegitimate and this process is a sham,” Hogue said in a statement. “Tens of millions of Americans have already voted and majorities have said unequivocally that they want to choose the next President who should fill this seat. Amy Barrett and this power grab pose a grave threat to every freedom and right we hold dear and tears the very fabric of our democracy.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein is facing a torrent of criticism, and calls to retire or step down from her position as ranking Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, after praising confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.