Book by Trump associate Monica Crowley pulled for plagiarism

While Trump's transition team told CNN in a statement "any attempt to discredit Monica is nothing more than a politically motivated attack that seeks to distract from the real issues facing this country", HarperCollins has chose to cease her book's sales.

The move to suspend sales of Ms. Crowley's book, "What the (Bleep) Just Happened", comes after CNN reported over the weekend on what its analysts say were more than four dozen passages in the book closely tracking other writers' opinion columns, news articles and postings on Wikipedia and various online sources. On Monday, Politico followed up with its own report that suggested Crowley plagiarized her Ph.D. dissertation in global relations at Columbia University.

Crowley, picked last month by President-elect Donald Trump for a national security post, has been under fire since it was discovered she plagiarized at least 50 sections in 'What the (Bleep) Just Happened, ' with Politico reporting that portions of her Ph.D. dissertation had been lifted from other sources.

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

A request for comment from the Trump transition team was not immediately returned.

A Trump transition team spokesperson responded to the allegations, saying, "Any attempt to discredit Monica is nothing more than a politically motivated attack that seeks to distract from the real issues facing this country".

The position Crowley has been tapped for does not require Senate confirmation.

Crowley's work has come under scrutiny since CNN's initial investigation into her book on Saturday. "In other instances, she copied text or heavily paraphrased with no attribution at all". Unlikely to bring up the Monica Crowley book plagiarism with them.

In his latest CNN report, Kaczynski again included side-by-side examples of Crowley's Washington Times columns from 2009 to 2016 next to excerpts from Reuters, Fox News, NBC News, New York Times, Commentary magazine, the Washington Times, World Net Daily and the Associated Press.

Before working for Fox News, Crowley was a research assistant and adviser for President Richard Nixon in the years after his White House tenure, and worked with him on two books.