Andrew Puzder, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, withdrew his nomination yesterday amid growing questions about his business record and scrutiny from senators on both sides of the aisle. The head of CKE Restaurants, which owns Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., came under harsh criticism from Democrats and liberal groups for his opposition to raising the minimum wage, past controversial comments, and the racy ads used to promote the fast-food chains. Earlier this week, a tape of his wife (in disguise on The Oprah Winfrey Show) was released that alleges domestic violence. Private screenings of the tape were staged for members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee which was set to hold Puzder’s confirmation hearing today.
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