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Alleged plagiarist, former Fox News commentator and registered foreign agent will be new treasury spokesperson

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Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin will hire longtime far right conservative Monica Crowley, a former Fox News contributor who in 2017 registered as a foreign agent to lobby for a Ukrainian oligarch, to become his next top spokesperson.

Crowley will be Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, according to Bloomberg News.

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In March of 2017 Foreign Policy reported Crowley’s new job was “lobbying for Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk,” and noted that “Pinchuk’s foundation also donated $150,000 to Trump’s foundation after the real-estate mogul delivered a speech on Ukraine in 2015 to a meeting organized by the foundation.”

Foreign Policy’s report adds that “Pinchuk emerged as a potential conduit to Trump for the Ukrainian government, as Foreign Policy reported in February. He caught flak at home for penning a Wall Street Journal op-ed in December arguing that Ukraine should make ‘painful compromises’ with Russia, though he hasn’t backed off his denunciation of Russia’s antics in stoking the crisis.”

Pinchuk is also a steel magnate and owner of several media outlets. His name appears several times in a February, 2019 New York Times article, “Firms Recruited by Paul Manafort Are Investigated Over Foreign Payments.”

President Donald Trump had wanted to hire Crowley to join the White House National Security Council, but she was forced to withdraw after a CNN report charged her with plagiarizing “thousands of words of her 2000 dissertation for her Columbia University Ph.D.,” just after finding “more than 50 instances of plagiarism” in her 2012 book.

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It is not known if Crowley still has official ties to Pinchuk. She still occasionally appears on Fox News.

Here’s Crowley earlier this year speaking about her former boss, President Richard Nixon:

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El Paso hospital forced to call out Trump’s lie that surgeons left the operating room to see him

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President Donald Trump bragged that he got an overwhelming welcome from Ohio and Texas when he went to visit survivors of the mass shootings before his latest vacation. Now, however, El Paso's University Medical Center is being forced to dispute the president's account of events.

"Not only did they meet with me, they were pouring out of the room. The doctors were coming out of the operating rooms. There were hundreds and hundreds of people all over the floor. You couldn’t even walk on it. So, you know, there’s a lot to happen," Trump told reporters on the White House lawn Wednesday.

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Priest bound and gagged teen boy with masking tape and held him hostage in church’s janitor room

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A Michigan Catholic priest has been charged with one count of false imprisonment after he wrapped a teenage boy in plastic wrap and covered his eyes and mouth with masking tape, all while trapping him in the janitor's room of a church, ClickOnDetroit reports.

Rev. Brian Stanley, 57, faces up to 15 years in prison and would also have to register as a sex offender if convicted.

Stanley was reportedly entrusted by the teen's family as a counselor before the incident took place in the fall of 2013 at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Otsego.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Fox News ripped to shreds by media analyst for running state-news network briefing for Trump

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Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple unleashed hellfire on former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Fox News for hiring her to deliver the White House spin for the president on their air.

Fox News, which has only modest actual news reporting outside of its opinion arm, but that's no reason to hire a liar to the network, he explained.

He cited the greatest hits from the Huckabee-Sanders show that happened less and less frequently from the White House podium. He included everything from the time she doctored a video of CNN's Jim Acosta to accuse him of assaulting a White House intern to her accusation of "fake news" to every question she didn't like.

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