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Schumer hints at Senate Judiciary Committee shakeup after Barrett hearing criticism

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 10/20/2020 Susan Ferrechio
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday hinted at a shakeup on the Senate Judiciary Committee after Judge Amy Coney Barrett breezed through panel confirmation hearings last week.

Liberal groups and anonymous Senate Democrats have trashed the performance of the panel’s top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 87, after she failed to make any significant attempt to derail Barrett at the hearing.

“I’ve had a long, serious talk with Sen. Feinstein,” Schumer told reporters. “And that’s all I’m going to say about it.”

At one point during the hearing, Feinstein hugged Chairman Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator from South Carolina who is a staunch proponent of Barrett’s nomination.

The liberal group Demand Justice called for Feinstein to either step down voluntarily or for the Democratic leaders to remove her.

"She has undercut Democrats' position at every step of this process, from undermining calls for filibuster and court reform straight through to thanking Republicans for the most egregious partisan power grab in the modern history of the Supreme Court,” Demand Justice Executive Director Brian Fallon said. “If Senate Democrats are going to get their act together on the courts going forward, they cannot be led by someone who treats Sunrise activists with contempt and the Republican theft of a Supreme Court seat with kid gloves.”

Fallon has previously served as a top aide to Schumer.

Feinstein is currently the oldest sitting senator.

She would be poised to become the head of the Judiciary Committee if Democrats retake control of the Senate.

Feinstein has angered liberal groups for opposing an end to the legislative filibuster, which some Democrats say is needed to ensure that they can pass a liberal agenda if Joe Biden wins the White House.

Feinstein said that she opposes the move.

Tags: News, Congress, Chuck Schumer, Senate Judiciary Committee, Amy Coney Barrett, Law, Supreme Court, Dianne Feinstein

Original Author: Susan Ferrechio

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