Disgraced would-be Trump administration official Monica Crowley just became the latest person connected to President Trump to register as a foreign agent with ties to a foreign government.
Crowley was slated to become the spokesperson for the National Security Council, but had to back out in January after several cases of plagiarism were found in her new book, her newspaper columns, and her Ph.D. dissertation. New forms filed with the Justice Dept. reveal that Crowley “will be providing outreach services on behalf of Mr. Victor Pinchuk,” an oligarch who is the fourth richest person in Ukraine. Pinchuk was a member of the Ukrainian Parliament between from 1998 to 2006.
The forms say that “Outreach services will include inviting government officials and other policy makers to attend conferences and meetings, such as the annual Munich Security Conference, to engage in learning and dialogue regarding issues of concern to Mr. Pinchuk.”
Pinkuk’s charity, the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, gave $150,00 as a speaking fee to the Trump Foundation in 2015 for Trump to give a speech over a video feed at one of the charity’s conferences. He has also donated millions to the Clinton Global Initiative and featured Bill and Hillary Clinton at the same conference in other years.
This news is similar to recent headlines made by Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign last January from his post as former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn for lying to Vice President Pence about conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the United States. Flynn recently registered as a foreign agent for lobbying work he does for an individual with ties to the Turkish government.
The Trump administration reportedly knew Flynn was lobbying for Turkish officials before they hired him.
“We trust people to fill out the appropriate forms,” Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, when asked whether other Trump officials may be lobbying for foreign governments.
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