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.
“I was hesitant,” Fierstein said in the letter to the HELP committee,“but encouraged by friends and became caught up in the notion of a free trip to Chicago and being a champion of women and women’s issues. I regret my decision to appear on that show."
But top HELP committee Democrat Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayNo. 3 Senate Democrat says Biden should tap Black woman for Supreme Court Biden's pledge to appoint Black woman back in spotlight amid Breyer retirement Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul 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 Margaret CollinsClyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes The names to know as Biden mulls Breyer's replacement No. 3 Senate Democrat says Biden should tap Black woman for Supreme Court 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 Ann MurkowskiClyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes The names to know as Biden mulls Breyer's replacement Romney participating in fundraiser for Liz Cheney MORE (R-Alaska), Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Schumer makes plea for voting bill, filibuster reform in rare Friday session Jan. 6 brings Democrats, Cheneys together — with GOP mostly absent MORE (R-Ga.) and Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottClyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes Sen. Tim Scott rakes in nearly million in fourth quarter These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 MORE (R-S.C.).
Puzder's confirmation hearing is scheduled for Thursday.