Missouri Court to Consider CfA’s Petition to Unseal Labor Secretary Nominee Andrew Puzder’s Divorce Records

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 9, 2017

Contact: Daniel Stevens, 202.780.5750, dstevens@campaignforaccountability.org

(St. Louis, MO) – Today, Campaign for Accountability (CfA) announced the Circuit Court for the County of St. Louis has scheduled a hearing on CfA’s petition to unseal the divorce records of Andrew Puzder, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be Secretary of the Department of Labor.  The details for the hearing are listed below.

On February 2, 2017, CfA filed a motion asking the court to unseal Mr. Puzder’s divorce records.  Press reports indicate the records include allegations of domestic violence against his then-wife.  Mr. Puzder’s nomination is pending before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, which has canceled his hearing date numerous times.

Details:

Date: February 14, 2017

Time: 1:00 p.m. (CST)

Case No.: 17SL-CC00433

Location: Circuit Court for the County of St. Louis, Division 6

41 S. Central Ave., Clayton, MO

UPDATE: February 14, 2017, 6:45 PM

CfA Executive Director Daniel Stevens released the following statement:

Today, Judge Douglas Beach of the St. Louis County Circuit Court ordered the release of documents that previously had not been available.  Campaign for Accountability is still reviewing the records, which contain allegations that Mr. Puzder assaulted his then-wife on more than one occasion.   The disturbing, violent conduct detailed in the records could have violated Missouri criminal law.  Campaign for Accountability has asked the judge to unseal all remaining records so that the Senate and the American people are able to make an informed decision as to whether Mr. Puzder is fit to serve in the high office to which he has been nominated. We hope that the sum total of this information is made available in the next 48 hours.

Click here to view the documents.

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