Fox News Alum Monica Crowley Passes on Trump White House Job Amid Plagiarism Charges
The author and TV personality was accused last week of plagiarizing numerous passages in her 2012 book.
Monica Crowley won't be taking a senior job in Donald Trump's White House.
The syndicated talk show host was the president-elect's pick to serve as director of communications at the White House's National Security Council. On Monday, however, Crowley, who last week was accused of plagiarizing numerous passages in her 2012 book What the (Bleep) Just Happened?, said she plans to remain in New York and is passing on the position.
“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 said in a statement to 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.”
Michael T. Flynn, who will be Trump's national security adviser, added in a statement: “The NSC will miss the opportunity to have Monica Crowley as part of our team. We wish her all the best in her future."
Since the late 1990s, Crowley, who served as an assistant to former President Richard Nixon from 1990 until his death in 1994, has been a commentator on Fox News and MSNBC and hosted her own radio show.
Last week's CNN report claimed more than 50 instances of plagiarism, saying What The (Bleep) Just Happened? used work from Wikipedia, newspaper columns, articles and books without attribution.
Crowley declined to comment at the time, while Trump's transition team dismissed the allegation as "nothing more than a politically motivated attack that seeks to distract from the real issues facing this country."
In response, HarperCollins has halted sales of the book.
A separate Politico story argued Crowley plagiarized her 2000 Ph.D. dissertation at Columbia University, “Clearer Than Truth: Determining and Preserving Grand Strategy: The Evolution of American Policy Toward the People’s Republic of China Under Truman and Nixon.” Crowley also was accused of plagiarism in 1999 for a Wall Street Journal column she wrote that was similar to a 1988 column in the conservative magazine Commentary.