Monica Crowley has backed out of her appointment to Trump’s cabinet in a senior communications post. She was supposed to be the senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council. Now, she will not be. Monica Crowley is confirmed to have sunk beneath the weight of her first real vetting in the wake of a plagiarism scandal.
Crowley told 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,” she told the Times 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.”
When Trump’s transition team announced her appointment, her contract was immediately terminated by Fox News. Monica Crowley was a sudden golden girl and her qualifications, including an Ivy Leauge doctorate in International Affairs, were bandied about by conservatives. She is probably one of the few who appeared qualified for her appointment.
One problem, though. After just a short time actually being vetted for a job in the White House, CNNs Kfile uncovered a bombshell, which was followed by others quickly. Turns out that she plagiarized not only in her PhD dissertation, but also her book and her column.
Crowley’s 2012 book is no longer being offered for sale by the publisher, Harper Collins, until the author has a chance “to source and revise,” the material.
Crowley has had her skeletons firmly hidden from the public eye while reporting on things that would probably be easier for her to understand should she read wikipedia instead of plagiarizing it. She jumped up to the highest ranks quickly, from Fox News pundit to Trump cabinet appointee. It seems easy to do in the Trump administration, where loyalty outweighs ability or experience. What she, and many other Trump appointees are finding out is that the level of vetting that the public and congress put their officials to is much higher than anything they have faced in the past.
Crowley now has no book sales, no Fox News gig, a plagiarized dissertation, and no job in the White House. Oh, and no credibility left to spare. Perhaps she can get a job at Breitbart?
Trump’s apron-stringers (and Trump himself) are about to start waking up to something they have been pretending isn’t true for a long time. Vetting is important, and if you have something in your closet, it is more likely to come out the higher you get. His cabinet appointees have a long road to get to the White House and are coming face to face with the kind of scrutiny that career politicians like Hillary Clinton have been subject to for decades. It seems that some, despite very public lives and careers, can not survive the first blush of their 15 minutes of fame while yes-manning Trump into office.