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Puzder Details Threats Directed at Family During Nomination Process

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By    |   Monday, 27 Feb 2017 02:02 PM

Andrew Puzder on Monday detailed the threats aimed at his family during his nomination process in his first interview since withdrawing his name for consideration as labor secretary.

Puzder told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt of the "tremendous" pressure on his family, which included protests outside his Tennessee home and an envelope with white powder in it, addressed to his wife, which required a visit from the FBI.

"There was an envelope left at our house addressed to my wife that had white powder in it, a pink piece of paper with 'Trump' written on it, and here, obviously, the white powder was in a plastic bag, but you open the envelope and a little powder came out," Puzder told Hewitt.

"There was also, I'm told — I didn't see it — but I was told there was a paper doll with a noose around its neck and it was addressed to my wife, not addressed to me, which really shows the cowardice of these people.

"We had an FBI terrorist team come to the house. We had a couple of fire engines with hazmat teams in the neighborhood to pick up this envelope and take it in to have it analyzed.

"All of that intended to intimidate my family," said Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants.

Puzder said once he knew of at least three Republican senators who were wavering in their support of his nomination, he didn't want to be a "tilted windmill" and withdrew.

"Once you're at three, you can't win. And all the other senators know that," Puzder told Hewitt. "So any that were on the fence, any that were thinking there was some political risk to this, once they knew there were three senators who were disinclined to get on the bus … I wish the senators had stood with me in the face of this fake news tsunami that's out there."

Puzder ran into a wall of resistance amid his admission that he had once hired an illegal immigrant and a report he physically abused his former wife. He withdrew his name from consideration Feb. 15.

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Andrew Puzder on Monday detailed the threats aimed at his family during his nomination process in his first interview since withdrawing his name for consideration as labor secretary.
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