Oprah Winfrey’s network has reportedly provided senators in both parties with a copy of an old episode of the “Oprah Winfrey Show” in which Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder’s ex-wife accuses him of assault.
According to a report by Politico, the decades-old video shows Lisa Fierstein in disguise discussing allegations of physical abuse against her former husband. Fierstein has since retracted her allegations, including in a recent letter to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Politico reported.
Puzder has denied the allegations.
But top HELP committee Democrat Sen. Patty MurrayPatty MurraySenate Dems: Border wall is a budget 'poison pill' Inspector general reviewing HHS decision to halt ObamaCare ads Dems mock House GOP over lack of women in healthcare meeting MORE told Politico she was “deeply troubled” by the video.
"It was important for us to know all of the information about any candidate that comes before us," Murray said.
Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsSenate braces for fallout over Supreme Court fight Overnight Finance: WH wants to slash billions | Border wall funding likely on hold | Wells Fargo to pay 0M over unauthorized accounts | Dems debate revamping consumer board Lawmakers call for pilot program to test for energy sector vulnerabilities MORE (R-Maine) has also reportedly seen the video footage, according to the Washington Post, but she did not provide details about what was said on the tape.
"I am reviewing the other information that has come to light and I’m sure all of this will be explored thoroughly,” Collins said, according to the Post.
Collins is one of four GOP senators on the HELP committee who've said they are undecided on on President Trump’s pick for Labor secretary, along with Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiElle honors 10 at annual 'Women in Washington' event Five takeaways from Labor pick’s confirmation hearing ObamaCare repeal faces last obstacle before House vote MORE (R-Alaska), Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonOvernight Finance: Senators spar over Wall Street at SEC pick's hearing | New CBO score for ObamaCare bill | Agency signs off on Trump DC hotel lease GOP senators offer bill to require spending cuts with debt-limit hikes Schumer to House GOP: 'Turn back before it's too late' MORE (R-Ga.) and Tim ScottTim ScottNew bill does hard job of injecting capital into needy communities A better economic policy Republicans rebuke King for racial remarks MORE (R-S.C.).
Puzder's confirmation hearing is scheduled for Thursday.