Trump's secretary of labor pick Andrew Puzder withdraws nomination

The withdrawal is the first unsuccessful nomination of the Trump administration.

Puzder came under scrutiny after admitting earlier this month that he had employed an undocumented worker for years and revelations that his ex-wife alleged in 1990 that he abused her. She has since withdrawn those allegations, and Puzder — whose confirmation hearing was set for tomorrow after being rescheduled four times — has denied wrongdoing.

Puzder's withdrawal marks the first unsuccessful nomination of the Trump administration. Ten of his 22 Cabinet-level picks are yet to be confirmed.

Puzder's ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, retracted her allegations that he abused her. She appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" at the time detailing that abuse, and senators viewed the video. "The damage that I sustained you can't see," she said on the show, according to a video obtained by ABC News. "It's permanent, permanent damage, but there's no mark, and there never was. They don't hit you in the face. They're too smart. They don't hit you in front of everyone."

On the episode, titled "High Class Battered Women," Fierstein appeared in disguise and under a false name, "Ann."

"If you are married to someone who is powerful or, in my case, was an attorney, getting out is much more difficult because you are up against a lot of money, a lot of power," she said. "It's not as easy as just getting out because the battle you are about to fight is sometimes more frightening than what you are already used to."

She later wrote an emotional letter to members of the Senate panel articulating her retraction of the allegations.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer sought to shift the blame for Puzder's withdrawal to Senate Democrats, classifying their inaction on his nomination as "slow walking" and "politicization."

ABC News' MaryAlice Parks, Shushannah Walshe and Katherine Faulders contributed to this report.