Trump's labor secretary nominee withdraws name

Andrew Puzder faced scrutiny over his professional and personal life after a tape emerged of his ex-wife's earlier appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," where she described alleged domestic abuse that she has since recanted.
2:24 | 02/16/17

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George, the trump administration also fighting a battle on capitol hill. President trump's labor secretary nominee withdrawing his name facing scrutiny over his professional and personal life after an interview of his ex-wife with Oprah surfaced. Our congressional correspondent Mary Bruce has more on all this. Good morning, Mary. Reporter: Good morning, well, robin, president trump is now looking for a new labor secretary nominee. Andrew puzder was supposed to be here this morning finally having his confirmation hearing. It had been postponed four times. Now canceled. He's the first trump cabinet casualty. Millionaire fast food executive Andrew puzder withdrawing his nomination for labor secretary. As even Republicans voiced concerns. It comes as puzder's personal life was put under the spotlight. The most frightening thing was leaving. Reporter: This 1990 tape making the rounds on capitol hill. His ex-wife speaking in disguise to Oprah describing what she says was domestic abuse. He vowed revenge. He said I will see you in the gutter. You will pay for this. Reporter: The video given to senators by the host herself. His ex-wife later recanted her allegations and puzder has strongly denied them. Senators questioning puzder's business record too. There is ample evidence that Mr. Puzder is a terrible choice to head the agency charged with ensuring that women and men are treated fairly in the workplace. Reporter: He once suggested he prefers robots to human employees saying they're always polite, they always upsell. They never take a vacation. And took aim at his workers' appearance. My first memo was no more people behind the counter unless they have all their teeth. Reporter: He also admitted to employing an undocumented housekeeper for years though he later paid all necessary back taxes but it all proved too much for his nomination to survive. Now, in announcing his withdrawal puzder said he was honored to have been considered. He is now the 11th cabinet level nominee to ever withdraw. By comparison Obama had three picks that backed down. Robin. And, Mary, are any other remaining cabinet nominees in jeopardy. Reporter: Democrats are eyeing Mick Mulvaney for budget director but so far just one Republican is opposing. He is expected to be confirmed later today. Mary, thank you.

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