Trump Drug Czar Nominee Withdraws After '60 Minutes' Exposé

Following a '60 Minutes' investigation that suggested he led a bid to weaken enforcement of the nation's drug policing laws, President Trump's nominee for Drug Czar, Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) has withdrawn his name for consideration.

As Politico reports, President Donald Trump said Monday that “we’re going to be looking into” Rep. Tom Marino, the White House’s pick to be the nation’s next drug czar, after CBS' "60 Minutes" and The Washington Post reported that the lawmaker championed a law that hobbled federal efforts to combat the abuse of opioids.

Trump pledged to reverse his nomination of Marino (R-Pa.) to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy if “it's 1 percent negative to doing what we want to do.”

 

“As far as Tom Marino, so he was a very early supporter of mine, the great state of Pennsylvania. He's a great guy,” Trump said during a Rose Garden news conference Monday afternoon.

 

“I did see the report. We’re going to look into the report. We’re going to take it very seriously because we’re going to have a major announcement probably next week on the drug crisis and on the opioid massive problem, and I want to get that absolutely right… We're going to be looking into Tom.”

According to reporting by the Post and "60 Minutes," Marino was the top lawmaker championing the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act, legislation that the news outlets said makes it essentially impossible for the Drug Enforcement Administration to freeze suspicious narcotics shipments from drug companies.

The DEA had fought against the bill, while the pharmaceutical industry lobbied hard on its behalf.

And now it's over...

President Trump tweeted...

The Democrats will be pleased...

"Confirming Representative Marino as our nation's drug czar is like putting the wolf in charge of the hen house," Schumer said on the Senate floor.

Schumer joined Sens. Joe Manchin and Claire McCaskill in urging Trump to drop his pick for drug czar.