Schumer Admits To Talks Of Cognitive Impairment With Major Lawmaker

Written By BlabberBuzz | Friday, 29 April 2022 05:15
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said “no” Democrats have come to him with concerns about Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s health following reports that lawmakers have been challenging her mental fitness.

Senators and other officials are reportedly concerned that Feinstein, 88, is no longer mentally capable enough to do her job as a lawmaker, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The critics of the California Democrat, however, have refused to speak on the record and asked to have their names withheld.

Urged about the reporting at a news conference Tuesday and whether Democratic lawmakers raised these concerns with him, Schumer said, “No. They have not.”

A House Democrat from California said that they considered staging some sort of intervention to get the California Democrat to leave after she failed to recognize them in a recent meeting, despite working with her for 15 years.

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“It shouldn’t end this way for her. She deserves better,” that same lawmaker told the Chronicle. “Those who think that they are serving her or honoring her by sweeping all of this under the rug are doing her an enormous disservice.”

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However, some Democrats have supported Feinstein, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of California. “I’ve heard some of the same concerns,” Padilla told the Chronicle, “but as someone who sees her multiple times a week, including on the Senate Judiciary Committee, I can tell you she’s still doing the job and doing it well.”

Schumer fell short of suggesting a resounding endorsement for Feinstein’s fitness for office.

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“I’ve had a good number of discussions with Senator Feinstein, but I’m keeping them to myself,” Schumer said when asked if he has confidence in her capabilities.

Feinstein was first elected to the Senate in 1992. Her current term is up in January 2025.

The San Francisco Chronicle report cited interviews from anonymous Democratic lawmakers that Feinstein’s mental health is “bad, and it’s getting worse.” Another lawmaker said Feinstein used to be totally in command and in charge, but “all of that is gone.”

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Feinstein, the oldest sitting senator, pushed back against claims that she was declining mentally and could no longer fulfill her job requirements. She defended any perceived distractions as a consequence of her husband’s tragic death due to cancer earlier this year.

“The last year has been extremely painful and distracting for me, flying back and forth to visit my dying husband who passed away just a few weeks ago,” she said in a previous statement to Fox News Digital. “But there’s no question I’m still serving and delivering for the people of California, and I’ll put my record up against anyone’s.”

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