Dianne Feinstein’s memory is fading and she may no longer be fit to serve, senators say

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US lawmakers have reportedly questioned California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s ability to do her job at her age.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, senators and other officials are concerned that Diane Feinstein, 88, is no longer mentally competent enough to do her job as a legislator. Critics of Feinstein, however, declined to speak publicly and asked that their names be withheld.

“I’ve worked with her for a long time and long enough to know what she was like just a few years ago: always in charge, always in charge, above the details, I almost couldn’t resist a conversation where she was driving a bill or an idea. It all went away,” an unnamed lawmaker told the Chronicle.


“Not so long ago she was an intellectual and political force, and that’s why my meeting with her was so shocking. Because there was simply no trace of it,” reportedly continued the legislator.

“It’s bad, and it’s getting worse,” a Democratic senator reportedly told the Chronicle.

Sources speaking to the Chronicle about the matter remained anonymous.

In particular, Feinstein defended any perceived distraction following her husband’s tragic death from cancer earlier this year.

“The past year has been extremely painful and distracting for me, traveling back and forth to visit my dying husband who passed away just weeks ago,” Feinstein’s office told Fox News Digital in a communicated. “But there’s no doubt that I continue to serve and deliver for the people of California, and I will put my record in competition with anyone.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein greets Supreme Court nominee Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson in her office on Capitol Hill on March 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Feinstein was first elected to the Senate in 1992. The 88-year-old Democrat has not indicated whether she plans to run again.

The anonymous nature of the accusations and Feinstein’s well-documented experience with the tragedy over the past year leave his anonymous critics in a troubled position.


Former US Senator Barbara Boxer of California suggested in December that Feinstein should consider retiring.

Senator Dianne Feinstein wears a protective mask as she speaks to reporters at the United States Capitol on December 11, 2020.

Senator Dianne Feinstein wears a protective mask as she speaks to reporters at the United States Capitol on December 11, 2020.
(Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

Boxer said if she spoke to Feinstein, she would tell him that a life away from Washington can be fulfilling in itself, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“If Senator Feinstein called me today and asked my opinion, I would say only you can decide that,” Boxer said in an article published Thursday. “But from my perspective, I want you to know that I’ve had some very productive years away from the Senate do good things. So put that in the equation.”

Fox News’ Sam Dorman and Brie Stimson contributed to this report.


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