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Senator Dianne Feinstein sparked confusion during her first appearance in the Senate in close to three months by claiming she has been there the whole time.
‘No, I’ve been here. I’ve been voting,’ the 89-year-old told reporters on Tuesday when they asked how she was feeling and what her colleagues thought of her return. ‘Please. You either know or don’t know,’ she confusingly added.
The California senator has been on an extended absence following a case of shingles. She returned last week in a wheelchair and said in a statement she’s on doctor’s orders to work a lighter schedule.
Her appearance sparked calls for her to resign – with Tuesday’s bizarre claim to Slate magazine likely to lead to further calls for the senior senator to bow out. Feinstein showed up twice to vote and has attended committee hearings since she returned last week, but last Wednesday was the first time she had been at the U.S. Capitol since she left in February.
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When asked by a Slate reporter how she was feeling, the senator responded: ‘Oh, I’m feeling fine. I have a problem with the leg.’
The frail lawmaker has been using a wheelchair since reappearing.
Feinstein was then asked by another reporter about what the response had been from her colleagues since her return and gave an odd answer.
‘No, I haven’t been gone,’ she said. ‘You should follow the—I haven’t been gone. I’ve been working.’
The reporter asked if she meant that she had been working from home.
‘No, I’ve been here. I’ve been voting,’ she snapped back. ‘Please. You either know or don’t know.’