US Senator Feinstein Will Step Down Temporarily From Judiciary Committee

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WASHINGTON (Reuters). - U.S. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Feinstein, who is recovering from shingles and faces calls to resign from fellow Democrats, announced Wednesday that her return to Senate was delayed and that she would temporarily resign from the Judiciary Committee.

Feinstein, 89 years old, has not voted in narrowly divided Senate since February. Feinstein said that she will continue to work from San Francisco, while receiving treatment for shingles.

Feinstein stated, "I plan to return as soon and as safe as possible after my medical team advises me that it's safe to travel."

She stated that her absence could hinder the work of the Judiciary Committee and asked for her resignation until she can resume work.

A Schumer spokesperson stated that Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Leader of the U.S. Senate, will grant Feinstein's request to the Senate and ask next week for another Democratic senator to temporarily sit on the committee.

On Wednesday Feinstein was the first to be publicly called for her resignation.

"We must put the country before personal loyalty. "While she has been in public service for a long time, it is clear she cannot fulfill her duties," Ro Khanna, a California Representative, said on Twitter.

Representative Dean Phillips stated on Twitter that "it's now an act of dereliction to remain in Senate, and a dereliction to duty for those who agree not to speak."

Feinstein is the oldest U.S. senator currently serving.