The drama surrounding the health of California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 90, is once again dominating the headlines.
According to the Daily Caller, Feinstein's daughter has filed a lawsuit against the trustees of the estate of the senator's late husband, Richard Blum. The lawsuit revolves around a dispute concerning distributions from the estate.
Katherine Feinstein, the senator's daughter, accused co-trustees Michael Klein and Marc Scholvinck of "elder abuse" and financial abuse in the bombshell lawsuit. "Breach of trust" was also in the suit, according to filings.
The lawsuit was filed earlier this month in the California Superior Court in the County of San Francisco.
The lawsuit alleges that the trustees committed "financial abuse" of Feinstein by "wrongfully withholding distributions to which (her late husband's) trust entitles her in bad faith and diverting assets that they should have used to fund" the senator's trust.
Katherine Feinstein — who has limited power of attorney over her mother, Dianne Feinstein — is now alleging her mother is the victim of financial elder abuse. Dianne Feinstein, 90, is a sitting senator representing the most populous state in the countryhttps://t.co/kYH3nY287J
— Alex Shultz (@AlexShultz) August 15, 2023
An attorney for the trustees representing Blum's estate, Steven Braccini, responded to the lawsuit, insisting that the trustees "have acted ethically and appropriately at all times; the same cannot be said for Katherine Feinstein. This filing is unconscionable."
He added, "The trustees have always respected Senator Feinstein and always will. But this has nothing to do with her needs and everything to do with her daughter's avarice."
News of the lawsuit comes in the wake of previous controversy surrounding the elderly senator's extended absence from the upper chamber, which tossed a proverbial wrench in the gears of President Joe Biden's ability to confirm federal judges.
The Daily Caller noted:
The elderly senator missed a total of 91 votes on the Senate floor related to confirming President Joe Biden’s judicial nominees, leading Senate Democrats to try and temporarily replace her.
Her absence was a result of a severe case of shingles, which spread to her face and neck, resulting Ramsay Hunt syndrome. It was also recently revealed that she suffered from encephalitis, a rare side effect from the shingles virus.
Sen. Feinstein has also experienced an increasing number of moments of confusion while conducting business, with aides constantly helping her and nudging her in the right direction.
Many progressive Democrats, especially those in California, have called for Feinstein to step down, citing her age and declining health.
Only time will tell when she finally decides to step away, though it looks like she needs to consider retirement sooner than later so that she can enjoy the time she has left.