Crowley won’t take post on National Security Council

NEW YORK — Conservative media commentator Monica Crowley will not be joining the Trump administration after accusations of plagiarism, according to a transition official.

Crowley, a frequent on-air presence at Fox News Channel, had been slated to join Donald Trump’s National Security Council as a director of strategic communications.

On Monday, she withdrew her name from consideration after CNN reported last week that several passages in a 2012 book Crowley wrote were plagiarized. Publisher HarperCollins then pulled the book.


Crowley’s retreat was first reported by the Washington Times. The transition official confirmed the decision on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

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The president-elect has continued to lash out at his critics in the intelligence community and questioned whether the CIA director himself was ‘‘the leaker of fake news’’ in a Sunday night tweet.

The extraordinary criticism from the incoming president came hours after CIA chief John Brennan charged that Trump lacks a full understanding of the threat Moscow poses to the United States, delivering a public lecture to the president-elect that further highlighted the bitter state of Trump’s relations with American intelligence agencies.

‘‘Now that he’s going to have an opportunity to do something for our national security as opposed to talking and tweeting, he’s going to have tremendous responsibility to make sure that US and national security interests are protected,’’ Brennan said on ‘‘Fox News Sunday,’’ warning that Trump’s impulsivity could be dangerous.

Trump shot back in a Twitter post Sunday, saying: ‘‘Oh really, couldn’t do much worse — just look at Syria ... Crimea, Ukraine and the buildup of Russian nukes. Not good! Was this the leaker of Fake News?’’


Congress this week will continue reviewing the president-elect’s Cabinet choices.

Representative Tom Price of Georgia, the nominee for secretary of health and human services, will face his first confirmation hearing Wednesday. Price, 62, has been a critic of the federal health care program, and if confirmed, he will have power to influence the nation’s vast health care system.

House and Senate leaders said they will try to devise a replacement for the Obama health law, working closely with Trump and Price.

Four committees — two in the Senate, two in the House — are writing language repealing major provisions of the 2010 law. The resulting legislation can be passed with simple majorities in both chambers.

Charter school advocate Betsy DeVos, the nominee for education secretary, will go before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday.


In a separate development, Ivanka Trump is indicating that while she will not have an official post in the administration, she will not stay out of politics. She has been quietly laying the groundwork for an effort that could make her perhaps the best-connected policy advocate in Washington.

She has made it clear she wants to push for policies benefiting women and girls, and last week she sought the advice of a group of female executives and media figures in New York.