Schumer says he is having discussions with Feinstein about her ability to serve privately

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., said “no,” Democrats have approached him with concerns about Senator Dianne Feinstein’s health after reports that lawmakers have questioned her mental abilities.

Senators and other officials are reportedly concerned that Feinstein, 88, is no longer mentally competent enough to perform his job as lawmaker, according to San Francisco Chronicle. Critics of the California Democrat, however, have declined to comment and asked to have their names withheld.

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The pressure on reporting at a news conference Tuesday, and on Democratic lawmakers raising those concerns with him, Schumer said: “No. They do not.”

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: Sen.  Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) goes to the Senate Chambers at the US Capitol on September 29, 2021 in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 29: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) goes to the Senate Chambers at the US Capitol on September 29, 2021 in Washington, DC
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Schumer ceased to offer a resounding approval of Feinstein’s suitability for the post.

“I’ve had quite a few discussions with Senator Feinstein, but I keep them to myself,” Schumer said when asked if he trusted her abilities.

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

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
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The San Francisco Chronicle report quoted interviews with anonymous Democratic lawmakers as saying Feinstein’s mental health was “poor and getting worse.” Another lawmaker said Feinstein used to be completely in command and responsible, but “all that’s gone.”

Feinstein, the oldest sitting senator, pushed back against claims that she was mentally deteriorating and could no longer meet her job requirements. She defended any perceived distraction resulting from her husband’s tragic death due to cancer earlier this year.

Late.  Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Greets nominated Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson at her hidden Capitol office on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 in Washington.

Late. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Greets nominated Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson at her hidden Capitol office on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 in Washington.
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“The past year has been extremely painful and distracting for me, as I have flown back and forth to visit my dying husband, who died just a few weeks ago,” she said in an earlier statement to Fox News Digital. “But there’s no doubt I’m still serving and delivering for the people of California, and I want to set my record against anyone’s.”

Fox News’ Timothy Nerozzi contributed to this report.

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