The Oprah Winfrey Network has officially provided Republican and Democratic senators the chance to view a 27-year-old television episode of Andrew Puzder’s former wife hurling abuse allegations at him.
The March 1990 “Oprah Winfrey Show” episode was titled ‘High-Class Battered Women’ and discussed marital abuse.
The video was requested by Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee who is the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Puzder is expected to be voted on Thursday by Congress in order to become the labor secretary of the Trump administration. Sen. Alexander said in a statement that he felt it was necessary for senators to view the segment of Puzder’s former wife, Lisa Fierstein, before being confirmed.
“I’ve arranged for senators on the committee to see that,” Alexander said. “I thought that was a reasonable request. No reason not to see it.”
Alexander, who supports Puzder’s nomination, also notes that Fierstein later rescinded her statements about Puzder possibly being abusive.
“That happened 27 years ago,” Alexander said. “His former wife has said it was all not true. She has reiterated that in a heartfelt letter to members of the committee, and has been willing to talk to members of the committee, so I don’t think that’s an issue.”
However, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington claims she was “deeply troubled” after viewing the tape. “It was important for us to know all of the information about any candidate that comes before us,” she said.
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