Book by Trump associate Monica Crowley pulled for plagiarism

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HarperCollins announced on Tuesday it would no longer sell Crowley's book until revisions were made to properly attribute sources.

CNN notes that the book does not include a bibliography and said she lifted sections from articles in The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo News.

The Trump transition team did what it usually does when accusations - such as the ones about election rigging and Russian connections - surface in the media.

Crowley's potential position in Trump's administration does not require Senate approval. On Monday, Politico followed up with its own report that suggested Crowley plagiarized her Ph.D. dissertation in global relations at Columbia University. Her writing also violates types I and II of Columbia's definition of intentional plagiarism, which are, respectively, "direct copy and paste" and "small modification by word switch", "without quotation or reference to the source", Politico noted.

Last week, CNN's Andrew Kaczynski reported that Crowley's 2012 book "What The Bleep Just Happened" plagiarized the work of numerous other authors. "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 transition spokesperson told CNN.

Crowley's failure to quote an author's exact words and failure to paraphrase could violate Columbia's definition of unintentional plagiarism. One of the most famous in recent history involved Vice President Joe Biden. The allegations ended Biden's campaign. Crowley was a columnist and online opinion editor for the Washington Times, leaving that role when she was appointed to Trump's administration. Another point in favor of Crowley's keeping her White House position is the Trump response to the most famous plagiarism scandal associated with the campaign, when Melania Trump gave a speech to the Republican National Convention in July of a year ago which contained portions lifted from an address given by Michelle Obama.

According to Ms. McIver, the Trump family chose to reject her resignation.