Purley started his half-decade of service in Feinstein’s office as a staff assistant, and two years in had been promoted to legislative correspondent. During a pandemic, this was the kind of work that Purley felt could save lives — especially lives in hard‐up communities of color. (Feinstein’s office declined to provide comment for this story.) On a phone call with other members of the office, Purley had let loose, airing concerns for what felt like 10 minutes. This screenshot from Instagram shows Purley smoking a joint in Feinstein's office.