Donald Trump’s nominee for drug czar has withdrawn from consideration after a major Washington Post investigation showed that he sponsored a law stripping the Drug Enforcement Administration of a major tool to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:
Rep.Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar. Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2017
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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