89-year-old Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) reportedly became confused when she saw that Vice President Kamala Harris was presiding over the Senate for a tie-breaker.
A New York Times report documents the extent of Feinstein’s cognitive limitations and fueled anger over her return to the Senate.
According to the report, Feinstein expressed confusion when she saw that Harris, a former California senator, was presiding over the Senate, an official function of the vice president.
The incident occurred last year in one of the few times Harris cast a vote in the Senate to break a tie vote between Republicans and Democrats.
“What is she doing here?” Feinstein asked an aide about Harris.
The new report details the difficulties the ailing lawmaker faces as she continues her work in the Senate.
The NY Times outlines the many functions that Feinstein’s staff is playing as she returns to work after bouts with shingles and encephalitis earlier this year.
Critics have decried Feinstein and said her reticence to retire has stymied Biden’s efforts to fill judicial vacancies with left-wing judges.
In February, she announced that she would not seek another term.
However, she said she would serve until the end of her current term.
Feinstein was hospitalized in March due to a bad case of shingles and returned to Congress early in May.
In an alarming exchange with reporters, Feinstein appeared to imply that she didn’t remember being away from Congress.
“I haven’t been gone,” said Feinstein.
“You should … I haven’t been gone. I’ve been working.”
“You’ve been working from home is what you’re saying?” asked a reporter.
“No, I’ve been here,” an agitated Feinstein responded.
“I’ve been voting. Please, you either know or don’t know.”
A recent poll found that an astounding 67% of Californians agreed that her illness made her unfit to serve her office, while only 20% said they disagreed.
When asked if she should resign, 42% of Californians said she should.
Only 27% said she should serve out her term.