Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he had to have several “very painful talks” with Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) about her leadership position on the Senate Judiciary Committee before she agreed to step down from leadership in November.
The public complained that Feinstein wasn’t hard enough on Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett during her confirmation hearings in November, but Schumer was more concerned about Feinstein’s developing tendency to repeat herself in questioning witnesses like Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
“It was like Groundhog Day, but with the pain fresh each time,” Schumer said of the conversations with Feinstein, age 87. “Anyone who has tried to take the car keys away from an elderly relative knows how hard it can be.”
Schumer said he had to talk to her several times because she seemed to forget what was said each time.
Feinstein will not be removed from the commitee, just from her leadership position. Her term expires in 2024.
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