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Puzder issued a statement confirming that he was stepping down, in which he said that he made his decision "after careful considerations and discussions" with his family.

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Andrew Puzder has removed himself from consideration as United States president Donald Trump's labor secretary, after weeks of growing pressure over domestic violence allegations and his hiring of an undocumented maid. In addition, Puzder disclosed last week that he failed to pay taxes for an undocumented housekeeper.

At least seven Republican senators, including Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, declined to publicly back Puzder in advance of the confirmation hearing.

Mr. Trump also defended Michael Flynn, who resigned as the National Security Adviser earlier this week, saying Mr. Flynn did nothing wrong in holding pre-inauguration talks with the Russian Ambassador.

Citing a senior GOP source, CNN reported that top Senate Republicans had been urging the White House to withdraw Puzder's nomination. Plus, people found out that his ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to accuse him of domestic abuse (she later recanted these allegations.) Democrats also saw him as a threat to worker's rights.

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