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Tom Marino Rips Media in Drug Czar Withdrawal

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Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa. (Bill Clark/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 17 October 2017 08:21 PM

Rep. Tom Marino said Tuesday he withdrew as President Trump's nominee for the nation's drug czar to "remove the distraction my nomination has created from the utterly vital mission of this premier agency."

"As a former prosecutor who has dedicated my life to aggressive and faithful enforcement of our laws," the Pennsylvania Republican said, "I have reached the difficult decision that the best course of action is to remove the distraction my nomination has created from the utterly vital mission of this premier agency."

He also slammed the "false accusations and unfair reporting to which I have been subjected" and said he would correct the record because of his "lifelong devotion to law enforcement."

The Washington Post and CBS News reported Sunday that Marino had a key role in crafting a 2016 law, signed by President Barack Obama, that weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration's authority to curb opioid distribution.

Trump told reporters Monday he would look "very closely" at the news reports.

"If I think it's 1 percent negative to doing what we want to do, I will make a change," the president said.

Marino said he was "proud of my work" on the 2016 bill, that was passed unanimously by Congress and was unopposed by the DEA.

"This landmark legislation will help to facilitate a balanced solution for ensuring those who genuinely needed access to certain medications were able to do so, while also empowering the DEA to enforce the law and prevent the sale and abuse of prescription drugs.

"Given these facts and the importance of this legislation, find it sad and disheartening that the news media have left behind any concept of balanced reporting and credited conspiracy theories from individuals seeking to avert blame from their own failures to address the opioid crisis that proliferated during their tenure.

"I cannot allow false allegations made by a former DEA employee, who resigned from the agency," Marino added, referring to a former agency official who was replaced after a Justice Department investigation.

He was a key source in the reports.

"He was the subject of a professional conduct investigation and his assertions may be motivated by financial self-interest, to overshadow the real problems with prescription drug abuse in this country.

"I will continue to support President Trump in his mission to get the people's government back to working in their best interests — not those who seek to maintain the status quo."

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President Trump's nominee for the nation's drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino, withdrew his candidacy to "remove the distraction my nomination has created from the utterly vital mission of this premier agency."
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