Senate GOP leaders urge WH to withdraw Puzder nomination: report

Top Senate Republicans are calling for President Trump to withdraw Andrew Puzder's nomination for Labor secretary, CNN reported Wednesday.

There are four Republican senators planning to vote against Puzder, and could be as many as 12, the report said, citing a GOP source. The GOP has a 52-seat majority in the Senate, so Puzder's nomination would fail if three or more Republicans joined all Democrats in opposing him.

The Senate is scheduled to hold a hearing this week for Puzder, a top target of opposition for Democrats.


Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Democrats looking to speed through Senate impeachment trial MORE (D-N.Y.) urged the president to withdraw the nomination amid a growing controversy about Puzder hiring a housekeeper who was an undocumented immigrant.

Puzder, the chief executive of fast-food parent company CKE Restaurants, also faces other vulnerabilities. His wife once accused him of domestic violence — an accusation she has since retracted — and groups have attacked Puzder for the way workers are treated at his fast food restaurants

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynCruz, Cornyn to attend Biden inauguration McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Rick Scott will 'likely' join challenge to election results MORE (R-Texas) earlier Wednesday remained confident about Puzder's nomination, telling reporters "he'll be confirmed."

Jordain Carney contributed.