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Monica Crowley turns down Trump administration role in the wake of plagiarism allegations

Monica Crowley departs Trump Tower in New York. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Television pundit Monica Crowley has turned down a job in the Trump administration in the wake of plagiarism allegations.

A CNN investigation revealed that Crowley, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to serve as senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council, appeared to plagiarize sections of her book, "What the Bleep Just Happened.” The book’s publisher HarperCollins later pulled the book.

Crowley also allegedly plagiarized sections of her dissertation for her Ph.D from Columbia University and columns she wrote for the Washington Times, CNN's Andrew Kaczynski reported.

In a statement provided to the Times, Crowley said, “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.”

“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,” she added.

Incoming national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn, whom Crowley would have worked under had she taken the position, said in a statement to the Times: “The NSC will miss the opportunity to have Monica Crowley as part of our team. We wish her all the best in her future.”

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