Trump Nominee Facing Plagiarism Accusations

“What the (Bleep) Just Happened,” a 2012 book written by President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, Monica Crowley, has been pulled by the publisher due to plagiarism accusations.

According to CNN Money, HarperCollins announced Tuesday they would stop sales of the book after CNN KFile reported over the weekend that they found multiple instances of Crowley failing to cite sources:

The review of Crowley’s June 2012 book, “What The (Bleep) Just Happened,” found upwards of 50 examples of plagiarism from numerous sources, including the copying with minor changes of news articles, other columnists, think tanks, and Wikipedia. The New York Times bestseller, published by the HarperCollins imprint Broadside Books, contains no notes or bibliography.

“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 to CNN’s KFile.

Following HarperCollins’ announcement, a spokesperson for Trump’s transition team defended Crowley and expressed their support for her:

“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.”

H/T: Washington Times

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