Monica Crowley, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, plagiarized portions of her 2012 book, “What The (Bleep) Just Happened,” according to a new CNN report.
According to the report, more than 50 examples of plagiarism were found, with lines that were slightly tweaked sourced from news articles, columnists, think tanks, and Wikipedia. Crowley is a former Fox News commentator and radio personality who has been a longtime Trump supporter.
Trump’s transition team told CNN that “Any attempt to discredit Monica is nothing more than a politically motivated attack that seeks to distract from the real issues facing this country.”
“Monica’s exceptional insight and thoughtful work on how to turn this country around is exactly why she will be serving in the Administration,” the statement continued. “HarperCollins—one of the largest and most respected publishers in the world—published her book which has become a national best-seller.”
HarperCollins did not comment to CNN.
Crowley was accused of plagiarism in 1999 after Slate reported that a column Crowley wrote that was published in the Wall Street Journal copied an article published more than a decade before in 1988 in a conservative magazine called Commentary.
Crowley was previously a communications director for former President Richard Nixon.