Representative Tom Marino has formally withdrawn from consideration as President Donald Trump’s Drug Czar, the President revealed on Twitter earlier this morning.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
The withdrawal comes after a joint Washington Post/60 Minutes investigation that revealed Marino worked with the drug lobby in trying to weaken the DEA’s ability to go after drug distributors. The scandal of the story stems from the fact that Marino was working with the drug lobby while opioid deaths were on the rise – leading to the full-on epidemic we as a nation are facing now.
Marino’s nomination was called into question by several Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
It is unclear who could replace Marino as a potential nominee, but it is hopefully someone who isn’t actively trying to cripple the government agency that is trying to enforce the nation’s drug laws.