Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel Feinstein Durbin wants to become the supreme democrat in the judiciary so that Feinstein can resign from the Supreme Democratic position on the Judiciary Committee. (California) on Monday announced his resignation as chief Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee after left-wing groups such as NARAL Pro-Choice America criticized the Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney Barrett Trump transforms the justice system Feinstein to resign as Alito Justice Committee’s top Democrat in far-right lawsuits: The Buffet MOREConfirmation hearing by the Supreme Court in the fall.
Feinstein said he should focus on “two existential threats” for California: wildfire and drought.
“After four years as a senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, I will not seek the presidency or rankings at the next Congress,” he said in a statement.
Feinstein came under sharp criticism after hugging the chairman of the Justice Committee Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamFeinstein resigns as Supreme Democrat on Judicial Committee Democrats face increasing pressure to support smaller COVID-19 stimuli (RS.C.) Barrett at the end of his confirmatory hearing and praised his treatment.
The collegial gesture was inconsistent with Democratic messaging, which sought to portray Republicans ’quick schedule to place Barrett in the Supreme Court before the election as an unfair circumvention of voters after the GOP blocked the judge Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian Garland Feinstein resigns as supreme democracy of the Judiciary Committeenomination to the Supreme Court during the 2016 presidential election.
Feinstein provoked outrage on the left after thanking Graham for “one of the best hearings I’ve attended” and praising his GOP colleague for “the opportunity” and “the opportunity to go back and forth”.
Two groups, NARAL Pro-Choice America and Demand Justice, both of which opposed Barrett’s nomination, immediately called on Feinstein to leave.
Such Hogue, NARAL Pro-Choice America, stated in October that Feinstein could not make it clear that Barrett’s ratification process was “unprecedented, shameful and wrong”.
Brian Fallon, executive director of Demand Justice, said Monday that Feinstein’s resignation as the democratic head of the judiciary is “a necessary step”.
“It was a necessary step if Democrats were ever to make sense of the damage in a meaningful way Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden’s team wants to understand Trump’s efforts to “evacuate government agencies” to transform Trump’s judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump’s ban on transgender people causes concrete harm “, says study | China objects to US Admiral’s visit to Taiwan MORE and Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFeinstein resigns to elect Supreme Democrat on Judicial Committee. Voters want strong economy and leadership, Democrats must listen to The Money: Biden to appoint Yellen as Secretary of the Treasury | ‘COVID rock’ entwined Democrats face MORE pressure to support smaller stimuli they did with federal justice, ”Fallon said.
“From now on, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee must be led by a person who is undesirable to cling to a bygone era of civilism and decoration that Republicans have long since abandoned,” he added. “The next leading Democrat on the committee must be one who is willing to fight for President-elect Biden’s candidates, whatever it is, and who will take bold steps to restore the balance of our courts.”
Feinstein’s decision triggers potential competition between Sens. Dick DurbinDick DurbinDurbin wants to become the supreme Democrat in the judiciary so that Feinstein can resign as the Supreme Democrat on the Justice Committee. (Ill.) And Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDurbin wants to become top judge of the judiciary so Feinstein can resign from the Justice Committee’s top GOP Democrat position and breaks up with Trump’s cyber chief: ADDING MORE “confusion and chaos” (RI) on who would replace Feinstein as the supreme democrat of the judiciary.
Durbin announced Monday night that he would make an offer to replace Feinstein at the top of the committee.
“I intend to seek the highest Democratic position in the Judiciary Committee at the 117th Congress,” he said in a statement. “I have served on the committee for 22 years and I am the oldest member who does not currently serve on top of another Senate committee.
“We need to raise our fingers and get to work on repairing the damage of the last four years and protecting fundamental civil and human rights,” he said.
Durbin was re-elected this month as a minority whip in the Senate, and there is no rule that would prevent him from being both a second-tier democratic leader of the Senate and a chairman or rank member of the Judiciary Committee.
However, some democratic senators privately say that a Democratic whip cannot be the chairman or ranking member of a huge committee either.
Durbin is one of the Senate’s leading supporters in protecting immigrants who arrived in the country at a young age from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which will be a priority in 2021.
Whitehouse praised Feinstein’s service on Monday.
“Sen. Feinstein led the Democratic judiciary with dignity and honor. I appreciate your service as a ranking member and look forward to continuing our work together, ”he said.
Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyDurbin wants to become the Supreme Democrat on the judiciary so that Feinstein resigns as the Supreme Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. McConnell wants an agreement this week on budget spending for 2021 (Vt.) He is the Supreme Judicial Democrat, but he is already the Supreme Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Minority leader of the Senate Charles SchumerChuck SchumerUSZ’s National Security Policy at the 117th Congress and a New Administration Voters say Biden should prioritize coronavirus vaccine: New York Metro service poll could be cut by 40 percent – warn MORE (DN.Y.) on Monday praised Feinstein for leading the committee.
“I am deeply grateful for Senator Feinstein’s leadership and our contribution to our government and our country,” he said. “As a senior member of the Judiciary, Appropriations, Intelligence and Regulatory Committees, I know that Senator Feinstein will continue to work as one of the country’s leading advocates on women and voting rights, arms security reform, civil liberties, health and human rights. number of immigrants seeking citizenship. “
In a statement on Monday, Feinstein said he would continue to work on priorities such as inequalities in arms security, immigration reform and criminal justice.
“I will do my best in the coming years to make a positive difference,” he said.
Feinstein, 87, was re-elected in 2018 for a sixth term. Senate Democrats have no deadlines for committee chair and ranking membership.
—Updated at 7:41 p.m.