Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told a reporter that she hasn’t been gone following a three-month absence while she recovered from the shingles virus, according to a report.
The comment was captured during a recent exchange with reporters after the senator voted against legislation that would invalidate some of the recent crime bills passed by the Washington D.C. council, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Feinstein, according to the report, told reporters about an issue with her leg but said overall she was feeling better, then a separate reporter asked about the messages she received from other Senators after returning last week.
“What have I heard about what?” Feinstein asked.
“You’ve been working from home is what you’re saying?” the reporter responded.
“No, I’ve been here. I’ve been voting. Please, either know or don’t know,” Feinstein allegedly said back.
Feinstein then went by in her wheelchair and didn’t answer further questions.
FILE – Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., questions Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 22, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Feinstein’s original medical diagnosis was shared with Fox News Digital in a statement on March 2.
“I was diagnosed over the February recess with a case of shingles. I have been hospitalized and am receiving treatment in San Francisco,” Feinstein’s office said. “I hope to return to the Senate later this month.”
Some in Congress, however, say it’s time for Feinstein to resign.
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 16: U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) makes her way to the Senate chambers at the U.S. Capitol on February 16, 2023, in Washington, DC. The Senate is holding its final votes of the week before the President’s Day recess. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images) (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
“Her refusal to either retire or show up is causing great harm to the judiciary — precisely where [reproductive] rights are getting stripped,” Ocasio-Cortez said earlier. “That failure means now in this precious window Dems can only pass GOP-approved nominees.”
Fox News Digital reached out to Feinstein’s office for comment.