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Democrats are calling for Sen. Dianne Feinstein to step down from her leadership position on the Senate Judiciary Committee after she hugged Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham at the close of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings on Thursday.
Barrett’s confirmation hearings have been politically divided from the start, with Republicans praising her judicial philosophy and Democrats fearing that she would slash the Affordable Care Act and overturn precedents like Roe v. Wade. Barrett also repeatedly avoided answering questions during the hearings.
On Thursday Feinstein not only hugged Graham, who chairs the committee, but also thanked him for a job well done.
“This has been one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in,” Feinstein told Graham.
In response Brian Fallon, executive director of the progressive group Demand Justice, told the Associated Press that “it’s time for Sen. Feinstein to step down,” and if she doesn’t “her colleagues need to intervene.” His group has also started an online petition people can sign if they agree with that sentiment.
Here’s Lindsey Graham, who refuses to take a coronavirus test, hugging 87-year-old Dianne Feinstein at the end of today’s hearing pic.twitter.com/f8h0tTLeGs
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 15, 2020
Eli Zupnick, a spokesman for Fix Our Senate, also said Feinstein’s praise of Graham was out of line.
“Senator Feinstein is absolutely wrong about what is happening in the Senate and in her Committee,” Zupnick told the AP.
Zupnick said that Republicans were trying to “jam” Barrett’s nomination through before the November 3 election and it “should not be treated as a legitimate confirmation process.”
Others were upset that neither senator wore a face mask during the embrace. Graham recently refused to take a coronavirus test.
Judicial appointments have long been a flash point between Democrats and Republicans, especially during President Donald Trump’s administration. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has worked with the president to remodel the judiciary through the installation of conservative judges.
As of 2019, one in four US circuit court judges are Trump appointees, and Barrett looks set to be his third Supreme Court justice, solidifying a conservative majority on the nation’s highest court for years to come.
It’s time for Dianne Feinstein to step down. You can respect her service, but she’s done Democrats a huge disservice and proven ill-equipped to handle the GOP degradation of our judicial system.
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) October 15, 2020
If Biden wins, he should offer Dianne Feinstein whatever position is necessary to get her out of the Senate. Ambassador? A cabinet secretary? Some regulatory czar? Literally anything to open up that seat. Feinstein is disastrously, jaw-droppingly bad at this. What a nightmare. https://t.co/bnXtBXxlHQ
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) October 15, 2020
Dianne Feinstein is the epitome of Democratic Party weakness. You don’t thank someone for robbing you. https://t.co/CGQdoJu8kd
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) October 15, 2020
All of this has left many liberals bitter at Democratic leadership for letting it …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics