President Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of labor, Andrew Puzder, has withdrawn from the nomination just hours before his first scheduled appearance before the Senate HELP committee.
Puzder’s nomination was controversial from the start because of some of his own business practices that many felt were less than generous. He officially withdrew after an interview his ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, did on The Oprah Winfrey Show came to light. She claimed that she had to flee from her, then husband, and that she had been abused by Puzder during their marriage.
Fierstein has since admitted that her allegations were false and that she concocted them to get a better settlement in their divorce. She has also sent a letter to the Senate in an attempt to clear her ex-husband’s name but it seems to be too little too late.
Puzder released this statement concerning his withdrawal.
I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor. I'm honored to have been considered and am grateful to all who have supported me.
— Andy Puzder (@AndyPuzder) February 15, 2017
(Source: Daily Mail)