Monica Crowley (Getty/Drew Angerer)

Monica Crowley went from advising the president to lobbying for a Ukranian oligarch

The Fox News contributor registered as a foreign agent lobbying on behalf of a Ukrainian businessman


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Taylor Link
March 15, 2017 6:33PM (UTC)

A second national security adviser that has ties to President Donald Trump has registered as a foreign agent. Fox News contributor Monica Crowley, a vocal Trump supporter who was set to take on a role in the White House before plagiarism allegations stripped away that opportunity, is now lobbying on behalf of a Ukrainian oligarch, according to a new Daily Beast report.

Crowley's new boss is the billionaire Victor Pinchuk, who in December wrote a column exhorting Ukraine not to join the European Union or NAFTA, arguing that the Trump administration changed the dynamics in the region.

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Crowley will represent Pinchuk's interests with Clinton ally Doug Schoen, who has been lobbying on behalf the Russian oligarch since 2011.  According to a Daily Beast inquiry, Schoen is paid $40,000 per month for work that includes "facilitating conversations between [Pinchuk] and American policymakers regarding Democratization in Ukraine and European integration.”

Schoen indicated to the Daily Beast that he hired Crowley after her job fell through at the White House.

Last week, Crowley went on Fox News' "Hannity" to defend herself against reports of plagiarism.

“What happened to me was a despicable, straight up political hit job. OK. It’s been debunked. My editor has completely supported me and backed me up,” she said.

“In some ways I was something of the canary in the coal mine,” Crowley continued. “The attack on me was a test. What happened to me, what happened to General [Mike] Flynn, what has happened to Attorney General [Jeff] Sessions and others, is all of a piece. There is a very dangerous and very effective destabilization campaign underway against this president, his administration and his agenda.”

Crowley has now joined Gen. Mike Flynn as a registered foreign agent. Flynn retroactively registered as a lobbyist for a Turkish businessman for work he did during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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The Ukrainian businessman Crowley represents was a donor of the Clinton Foundation, according to the Daily Beast.


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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