Monica Crowley Won't Join Trump Team After Plagiarism Allegations

President-elect Donald Trump’s top aide, Monica Crowley, is being accused of plagiarizing multiple sources in her 2012 book “What The (Bleep) Just Happened?”

Update: President-elect Donald Trump's national security pick is pulling away from her post following reports she plagiarized multiple sections of her 2012 book and 2000 Ph.D. thesis for Columbia University.

Monica Crowley released a statement of her decision to The Washington Times.

"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," her statement read. "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 was set to become the senior director of strategic communications for Trump's National Security Council.

Update: President-elect Donald Trump's national security pick is under fire again for new plagiarism allegations.

On Monday, Politico Magazine found over a dozen instances of plagiarized material in Monica Crowley's Ph. D. dissertation. CNN's KFile published a report identifying almost 40 instances of plagiarism in her thesis.

The sources range from scholarly articles to the Associated Press and even former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Crowley was already in hot water after CNN's KFile detailed over the weekend that she plagiarized at least 50 sections of her 2012 book "What The (Bleep) Just Happened?"

The book's publisher, HarperCollins, pulled it from the shelves in light of the news.

“The book, which has reached the end of its natural sales cycle, will no longer be offered for purchase until such time as the author has the opportunity to source and revise the material,” HarperCollins said in a statement on Tuesday.

So much for draining the swamp.

The latest of President-elect Donald Trump’s close aides to be unmasked is his pick for director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, Monica Crowley.

The former Fox News analyst is facing heat for reportedly plagiarizing large sections of her 2012 book “What The (Bleep) Just Happened?" Ironically, the aptly named book argued how Barack Obama was a terrible president during his first term and encouraged conservatives to reclaim America from its first African-American president.

The CNN recently ran a check on Trump appointee's best-selling book and discovered, to much dismay but little surprise, at least 50 instances  where the author seems to have copy/pasted exact words written by different columnists, news articles, think tanks and, bizarrely enough, Wikipedia.

In one instance, she even used a passage from the go-to website for finance majors, Investopedia.

There were no citations or bibliography in her book  – which actually sounds less like a book and more like a hastily written high school assignment.

The sources of "inspiration" have been diverse, from Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker, to libertarian think tanks and conservative economists.

CNN has done a mind-numbingly long list on all the places her book plagiarized others’ works by juxtaposing pages from Crowley's book with the original texts.

Plagiarism seems to be an old habit of Crowley’s.

In 1999, Slate reported that an article allegedly penned by Crowley was a lot like a 1988 article in Commentary.

However, Trump’s transition team stands by Crowley.

"Monica’s exceptional insight and thoughtful work on how to turn this country around is exactly why she will be serving in the Administration. HarperCollins—one of the largest and most respected publishers in the world—published her book which has become a national best-seller. Any attempt to discredit Monica is nothing more than a politically motivated attack that seeks to distract from the real issues facing this country," a statement issued by the transition team said.

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