Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin intends to hire longtime Fox News commentator Monica Crowley as his assistant secretary for public affairs, The New York Times reports.
Crowley would take the place of current assistant secretary Tony Sayegh, who has been preparing to depart from the Treasury in May for several months. The appointment of Crowley would be another sign of the close relationship between Fox News and the Trump administration. The news network has been a hotbed from which current White House officials have been hired and to which employees who leave go.
And while the position in the Treasury mostly involves supporting President Trump's economic policies, including those related to trade and tax, critics will almost certainly raise their eyebrows at the former Fox News contributor's appointment.
In 2017, she was under consideration for both a high-ranking job with the National Security Council and the position of White House press secretary. However, she quickly was dropped from the list of candidates when allegations of plagiarism in key sections of her 2012 book "What the (Bleep) Just Happened?" from newspaper and Wikipedia articles emerged.
CNN found and reported evidence of the claim, and HarperCollins pulled the digital copy of Crawley's book. In a separate investigation, Politico discovered over twelve passages from her Ph.D. dissertation that were ripped directly from other scholarly sources.
She spoke out against the accusations to Fox News's Sean Hannity in 2017, claiming without evidence that the accusations had already been "debunked."
“What happened to me was a despicable, straight-up political hit job,” she said.