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Monica Crowley (born September 19, 1968) is the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Treasury.[1][2] She has been a political commentator and lobbyist.[3] She was a Fox News contributor, where she worked (with a few breaks) from 1996 to 2017. She is a former online opinion editor for The Washington Times and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Monica Crowley
Monica Crowley speaks on Foreign Policy at 2016 Republican National Convention.jpg
Monica Crowley speaks at the 2016 Republican National Convention
United States Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Public Affairs
Assumed office
July 16, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byTony Sayegh
Personal details
Born (1968-09-19) September 19, 1968 (age 50)
Fort Huachuca, Arizona, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationColgate University (BA)
Columbia University (MA, PhD)

In December 2016, the Donald Trump administration announced that Crowley would be appointed a deputy national security advisor for the National Security Council. However, she withdrew a month later following reports that she had plagiarized portions of her 2012 book What the (Bleep) Just Happened? and her 2000 Ph.D. dissertation. On July 16, 2019, Trump announced Crowley's appointment as spokesperson for the Treasury Department.


Early life and educationEdit

Crowley was born at Fort Huachuca,[4] an Army base located outside of Sierra Vista, Arizona, and grew up in Warren Township, New Jersey. She holds a B.A. in political science from Colgate University and a Ph.D. in international relations from Columbia University (2000).[5]


As a student, Crowley began writing letters to former President Richard Nixon, who hired her as a research assistant in 1990[6] when she was 22 years old.[5][7] She was an editorial adviser and consultant on Nixon's last two books, and following Nixon's death, she published two books about him: "Nixon off the Record: His Candid Commentary on People and Politics" and "Nixon in Winter."

In the mid-1990s Crowley wrote a regular column for the New York Post.[citation needed] She has also written for The New Yorker,[8] The Washington Times,[9] The Wall Street Journal,[10] the Los Angeles Times, and the Baltimore Sun.


Crowley was a commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition in the mid-1990s.[11] Since 2002, she has had her own nationally-syndicated radio show, The Monica Crowley Show, which is also available as a podcast on iTunes[12], and she is a regular contributor to The John Batchelor Show.


In 1996, Crowley joined Fox News Channel, where she was a foreign affairs and political analyst and occasionally substituted for Sean Hannity on Fox News Channel's Hannity. In 2004, she joined MSNBC's Connected: Coast to Coast with co-host Ron Reagan. After a nine-month run, the last show aired on December 9, 2005. Crowley has also been a recurring guest on Imus in the Morning and has hosted the MSNBC broadcast The Best of Imus in the Morning. In 2007, she returned as a contributor to Fox News Channel. She was also a regular participant on The McLaughlin Group from late 2007 to 2011.

Crowley is an occasional panelist on Fox News Channel's late-night satire show Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. Since 2009, she has been a guest host for Bill O'Reilly on The O'Reilly Factor and his subsequent podcast and appeared opposite Alan Colmes on Tuesday's The O'Reilly Factor in a segment called "Barack and a Hard Place". She is also an occasional guest host on the daily (5:00 pm ET) Fox opinion show, The Five.

Crowley appeared in the Netflix original series of House of Cards, portraying herself.

In an election-day commentary in 2016 on Fox News, speaking of Republican candidate Donald Trump's impending upset victory, Crowley said, "This is a revolt of the unprotected class against the protected elite class."[13] Following the election of President Donald Trump, it was announced in December 2016 that Crowley would join the Trump administration as a deputy national security advisor. Following this announcement, Fox News terminated her contract with the network at Crowley's request.[14]


In March 2017, Crowley joined the firm of Douglas Schoen as a part-time consultant, providing "outreach services" on behalf of Ukrainian industrialist and political figure Victor Pinchuk. Crowley registered as a foreign agent as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938.[15][16]

Treasury DepartmentEdit

On July 16, 2019, President Trump announced Crowley's appointment as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs in the Treasury Department.[1][2] Crowley replaced Tony Sayegh, who left the position in May, as the top spokeswoman for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.[17]

Barack Obama conspiracy theoriesEdit

Crowley has on multiple occasions spread conspiracy theories that President Barack Obama was a secret Muslim.[18] In 2010, after Obama defended the right to build an Islamic community center in lower Manhattan near the World Trade Center, Crowley suggested he had dual loyalties to Islam and the United States, and asked, "How could the enemy?" In 2013, she said that the Muslim Brotherhood had "found an ally" in Obama.[18]

In 2009, she noted that Obama used his full name (Barack Hussein Obama) during his swearing in as president (which presidents typically do), had early in his presidency ordered the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detetention center and granted an interview to the media outlet Al-Arabiya, and said that this "tells you where his head is, and possibly, his sympathies. Just sayin'."[18]

In 2011, she said that birther conspiracy theories about Obama raised legitimate concerns.[18]

In 2015, she shared an article which described Obama as an "Islamic community organizer" who was "conforming US policy to Islam and Sharia."[18]

Journalistic plagiarismEdit

In 1999, Crowley was accused of plagiarism related to a column on Richard Nixon she wrote for The Wall Street Journal[10] containing "striking similarities" (according to the Journal) to a piece written 11 years earlier by Paul Johnson.[19][20] When reached by The New York Times for comment, Crowley responded, "I did not, nor would I ever, use material from a source without citing it."[20] On January 7, 2017, CNN published a report documenting numerous instances of plagiarism in Crowley's 2012 book, What the (Bleep) Just Happened? The book includes about 50 examples of copying freely from published sources with no attribution given, including from Wikipedia.[21] In a statement, the Trump transition team called the plagiarism report "nothing more than a politically motivated attack" and stood by her.[22]

Two days later on January 9, 2017, Politico reported that a dozen additional instances of plagiarism were in Crowley's 2000 Ph.D. dissertation on international relations at Columbia University.[19][23] The next day, HarperCollins, which had published What the (Bleep) Just Happened?, announced:[24]

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.

On January 16, 2017, Crowley withdrew from consideration for the role of senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council in the Trump administration. "I have decided to remain in New York to pursue other opportunities," she said in a statement.[25] The Washington Times, where she served previously as online opinion editor, said the same day that it would be investigating her work at the paper for possible incidents of additional plagiarism by her.[26]

Crowley subsequently told Fox News host Sean Hannity, "What happened to me was a despicable, straight-up, political hit job" and said that it had been "debunked."[27] Andrew Kaczynski, the CNN reporter who first reported instances of plagiarism in Crowley's book, called her claims of innocence false and "complete BS,"[27] stating: "No one has yet to point out a single inaccuracy in our reporting or asked for a correction on it. Monica Crowley v. reality."[28]

Personal lifeEdit

Crowley grew up in central New Jersey.[5]

Crowley's brother-in-law was the late liberal political commentator Alan Colmes, who was married to Crowley's sister, Jocelyn Elise Crowley, a professor of public policy at Rutgers University.[29]


  • Nixon Off the Record: His Candid Commentary on People and Politics. New York: Random House. 1996. ISBN 9780679456810. OCLC 473225114.
  • Nixon in Winter. New York: Random House. 1998. ISBN 9780679456957. OCLC 37688321.
  • What the (Bleep) Just Happened?: The Happy Warrior's Guide to the Great American Comeback. New York: Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers. 2012. ISBN 9780062131157. OCLC 768800592.


  1. ^ a b Bowden, John (July 16, 2019). "Trump taps Monica Crowley to be Treasury spokeswoman". The Hill. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Personnel to Key Administration Posts". The White House. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "Trump's pick for national security role now lobbying for Ukrainian tycoon". POLITICO. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  4. ^ "Monica Crowley, Conservative Commentator & Author | MAKERS Video". Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Romano, Carlin (August 27, 1996). "Taking good notes helped Monica Crowley, 27". The News. Boca Raton, Florida. Knight Ridder. p. 9A. Retrieved October 9, 2009 – via Google News.
  6. ^ "Monica Crowley on Working for President Nixon". Richard Nixon Foundation. July 18, 2012 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ Crowley, Monica (1998). Nixon in Winter: The Final Revelations. I.B.Tauris. pp. 2–. ISBN 978-1-86064-266-1.
  8. ^ Crowley, Monica (July 29, 1996). "Nixon Unplugged (abstract)". The New Yorker. pp. 42-.
  9. ^ "Monica Crowley". The Washington Times. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Noah, Timothy (August 23, 1999). "Nixon's Monica Stonewalls About Plagiarism!". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  11. ^ "Monica Crowley". WABC Radio. Archived from the original on January 2, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "TRN Entertainment Announces Continuation of the Weekend Monica Crowley Show – Talk Radio Network". Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  13. ^ Bauder, David (November 9, 2016). "Election coverage an unexpected thrill ride on TV". Associated Press. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  14. ^ "Fox News Terminates Monica Crowley's Contract as She Reportedly Takes Trump Job".
  15. ^ Robbie Gramer, One-Time Trump National Security Pick Registers As Foreign Agent for Ukrainian Oligarch (March 14, 2017).
  16. ^ Short-Form Registration Statement Pursuant to the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended, received by United States Department of Justice National Security Division/FARA Registration Unit 03/10/2017 4:46:57 PM.
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  18. ^ a b c d e Kaczynski, Andrew; McDermott, Nathan (July 25, 2019). "Treasury pick Monica Crowley spread Obama smears: 'Can he be both loyal to Islam and loyal to the United States?'". CNN. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  19. ^ a b Caton, Alex; Grace Watkins. "Trump Pick Monica Crowley Plagiarized Parts of Her Ph.D. Dissertation". Politico. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  20. ^ a b Barringer, Felicity. "Media Talk; Journal Article on Nixon Conjures Deja Vu". New York Times. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  21. ^ Kaczynski, Andrew (January 7, 2017). "Trump pick Monica Crowley plagiarized multiple sources in 2012 book - CNNMoney". Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  22. ^ Morin, Rebecca, "Report: Trump's NSC comms pick plagiarized tracts in 2012 book", Politico, January 7, 2017.
  23. ^ Hartmann, Margaret (January 9, 2017). "Trump National Security Pick Monica Crowley Plagiarized Ph.D. Dissertation Too". New York. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  24. ^ Kaczynski, Andrew (January 10, 2017). "HarperCollins pulls Trump pick Monica Crowley's book amid plagiarism revelations". Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  25. ^ Trudo, Hanna (January 16, 2017). "Monica Crowley not taking role in Trump administration". Politico. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  26. ^ Stephen Dinan, Monica Crowley to forgo post in Trump White House, The Washington Times (January 16, 2017).
  27. ^ a b Meera Jagannathan, Monica Crowley claims plagiarism allegations were ‘a despicable, straight-up, political hit job', New York Daily News (March 8, 2017).
  28. ^ Andrew Desiderio, CNN Calls B.S. on Monica Crowley Claiming Her Plagiarism Was ;Debunked', Daily Beast (March 10, 2017).
  29. ^ Sabloff, Nicholas (November 12, 2008). "Monica Crowley, Sister Of Alan Colmes' Wife Jocelyn". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 17, 2009.

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