Andy Puzder, who was President Trump‘s nominee for Labor Secretary, has announced that he will be withdrawing his name from consideration for the role.
Puzder’s nomination has been the subject of major challenges during hearings, particularly due to blowback from investigations into his past. Today, video has surfaced of the time his ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, went on Oprah Winfrey‘s show and talked about how Puzder allegedly abused her years ago.
Earlier today, CBS’s Major Garrett said that Puzder was thinking about withdrawing because the investigations were taking their toll on him.
News: Source very close to Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder tells me he expects Puzder to withdraw. “He’s very tired of the abuse.”
— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) February 15, 2017
However, it now seems that it will soon be a done deal:
Puzder is withdrawing his nomination, Fox Business News and NBC News report, citing unnamed people
— David S. Joachim (@davidjoachim) February 15, 2017
BREAKING: @AndyPuzder to withdraw his nomination for Labor Secretary.
— Trish Regan Intel (@TrishIntel) February 15, 2017
UPDATE – 3:46 p.m. EST: Puzder has officially withdrawn his nomination:
BREAKING: In statement, Andrew Puzder says he's withdrawing his nomination for labor secretary.
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) February 15, 2017
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