Feinstein stepping down as top Dem on Senate Judiciary Committee after intense pressure from progressives

After taking brutal criticism from her own party after she praised Lindsey Graham during the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings, Feinstein has announced she is stepping down as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Commitee.

Feinstein said in a statement “after serving as the lead Democrat on the Judiciary Committee for four years, I will not seek the chairmanship or ranking member position in the next Congress.”

Feinstein, who is 87 years old, indicated she intends to stay on the committee.

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) tweeted “As the first woman to not only serve on the Judiciary Committee but also to become its Ranking Member, Senator Feinstein has broken many glass ceilings. I thank Senator Feinstein for her years of service as RM, and look forward to continuing our work together on Committee.”

In October Feinstein praised Graham for “one of the best hearings i’ve participated in” after the Amy Coney Barrett hearings, leading to mass outrage from many Democrats.