Crowley bows out of administration role amid plagiarism scandal

Monica Crowley bows out amid plagiarism accusations, says she will not be joining Trump administration

President-elect Donald Trump's pick to serve as director of communications at the National Security Council, GOP foreign policy adviser Monica Crowley, "will not be taking a position in the incoming administration," she said in a statement on Monday.

"After much reflection I have decided to remain in New York to pursue other opportunities and will not be taking a position in the incoming administration," she said in a statement first obtained by the Washington Times.

“I greatly appreciate being asked to be part of President-elect Trump’s team and I will continue to enthusiastically support him and his agenda for American renewal.”

Crowley's announcement came amid reports published by Politico and CNN that she appeared to have plagiarized full sections of her Ph.D. dissertation in 2000 and of her 2012 book, "What The (Bleep) Just Happened?"

Crowley was a Fox News contributor until she was tapped by Trump to be the director of strategic communications for the National Security Council. She would have worked with Trump's national security adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn.

The National Security Council "will miss the opportunity to have Monica Crowley as part of our team. We wish her all the best in her future,” Flynn said in a statement.

An investigation by CNN's KFile published earlier this month first revealed more than 50 examples in Crowley's 2012 New York Times best-seller that appear to have been lifted verbatim from a variety of columnists, think tanks, and Wikipedia.

Crowley has a history of plagiarism allegations dating back several years, according to Slate. The publication points to an editorial feature Crowley wrote for The Wall Street Journal in 1999 that was found to have borne "striking similarities in phraseology" to a 1988 article by Paul Johnson in Commentary magazine.

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Monica Crowley, Trump pick for NSC spokeswoman, bows out amid plagiarism charges

Amid allegations of plagiarism, Monica Crowley — Donald Trump's pick for the top communications job with the National Security Council — is withdrawing from the job.

“After much reflection I have decided to remain in New York to pursue other opportunities and will not be taking a position in the incoming administration,” Crowley told The Washington Times. “I greatly appreciate being asked to be part of President-elect Trump’s team and I will continue to enthusiastically support him and his agenda for American renewal.”

CNN and Politico reported several instances of Crowley lifting passages from other writers.

HarperCollins, the publisher of Crowley's 2012 book “What the (Bleep) Just Happened," announced it had withdrawn the digital edition in light of the accusations.

Crowley was to have been senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council.


Monica Crowley Backs Out of White House Job Amid Plagiarism Accusations

Monica Crowley on Monday announced that she would give up the position she was slated to take in Donald Trump’s White House. Crowley, Trump’s pick to be senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council, announced her decision amid allegations of widespread plagiarism in her work. “After much reflection I have decided to remain in New York to pursue other opportunities and will not be taking a position in the incoming administration,” she said in a statement. “I greatly appreciate being asked to be part of President-elect Trump’s team and I will continue to enthusiastically support him and his agenda for American renewal,” she said. Incoming National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn, with whom Crowley would have worked, said in a brief statement that the council would “miss the opportunity” to work with her. A report by CNN earlier this month pinpointed dozens of passages in her 2012 bestselling book which it said were plagiarized from news outlets, think tanks and even Wikipedia.

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