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Sen. Diane Feinstein tells reporter ‘I haven’t been gone’ after three-month medical absence: Report

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California Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein told reporters she had been away for three months while recovering from the shingles virus, and has yet to leave the house, according to reports.

The comments came in a recent exchange with reporters after senators voted against a bill passed by the Washington, D.C. Congress that would nullify parts of the recent crime bill, according to the Los Angeles Times. It was captured in

According to reports, Feinstein told reporters about his foot problem but said he was feeling better overall, before another reporter commented on a message he received from another senator after returning home last week. Asked.

“What did I hear about what?” asked Feinstein.

Sen.Feinstein arrives at Capitol in wheelchair after nearly three months away for first photo

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 10: US Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) arrives at the Capitol May 10, 2023 after an extended absence due to health issues Diane Fine Accompanying Senator Stein (D-California). Washington DC. Feinstein was battling shingles and had been absent from the Senate for almost three months. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

“About your return home,” said the reporter.

“I’ve never been,” Feinstein said. “You should… I’m not going. I’m working.”

“You mean you’re working from home?” the reporter replied.

“No, I was here. I voted. You know or you don’t, please,” Feinstein said.

Feinstein then walked past in a wheelchair and did not answer further questions.

The 89-year-old California senator returned to the Capitol on May 10 after being diagnosed with the shingles virus in early 2023.

In a statement after his return, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “I’m delighted to have my friend Diane back in the Senate ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work.”

Sen.Diane Feinstein returns to Washington D.C. after months of absence

Diane Feinstein

FILE – California Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein attends Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown-Jackson during a confirmation hearing for the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Capitol in Washington, March 22, 2022. ask a question. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Feinstein’s original medical diagnosis was shared with Fox News Digital in a March 2 statement.

“He was diagnosed with shingles while on vacation in February. He was hospitalized and is receiving treatment in San Francisco,” Feinstein’s office said. “I hope to return to the Senate later this month.”

But some in Congress say it’s time for Feinstein to step down.

Diane Feinstein says she won’t seek re-election in 2024

“It’s time for the next [Feinstein] to resign. We need to put national loyalty before personal loyalty,” California Democrat Rep. Law Khanna said on Twitter, adding, “She’s been in public office her whole life, but she’s no longer that mandate. It’s clear we can’t do that,” he said. Not speaking up undermines our credibility as elected representatives of the people. ”

Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez DN.Y. was among those who called for Mr. Feinstein’s resignation.


Diane Feinstein

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 16: Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-California) walks on the Senate floor of the Capitol on February 16, 2023 in Washington, DC. The Senate is holding its final vote the week before President’s Day recess. (Photo credit: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images) (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

“Her refusal to retire or appear in court is just doing a lot of damage to the judiciary. [reproductive] “We are being disenfranchised,” Ocasio-Cortez said earlier.

Fox News Digital has reached out to Feinstein’s office for comment.

Fox News’ Kyle Morris and Sarah Rumpf-Whitten contributed to this report.

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