Trump’s drug czar pick withdraws after report he blocked DEA from fighting opioids

Kidney Ken / Flickr Rep Tom Marino...
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Donald Trump’s nominee for drug czar has withdrawn from consideration after a major Washington Post investigation showed that he sponsored a law stripping the Drug Enforcement Administration of a major tool to fight the opioid epidemic. Some Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, had called on Trump to withdraw Rep. Tom Marino’s nomination. And Tuesday morning:

So Marino will stay in the House, where presumably his colleagues will look a lot more closely at his future bills to be sure he’s not about to land them in the “got in the way of drug enforcement” category, and Trump will have to figure out who’s the next-worse person he could nominate.

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