Mar 16, 2017
Author, columnist, and former Fox News personality Monica Crowley was forced to withdraw her nomination to serve as a national security spokesperson for Donald Trump following revelations of serial plagiarism in both her media and academic career. However, her loyalty to Trump may have helped her land a lucrative gig as a registered foreign lobbyist on behalf of the Ukrainian government.
On March 10, Crowley filed documents under the Foreign Agents Registration Act to work on behalf of Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk. The form explains that Crowley will work under the supervision of political analyst Doug Schoen and will be providing “outreach services” to Pinchuk on a part-time basis.
The Washington Examiner notes that “Pinchuk’s foundation donated $150,000 to the Trump Foundation in 2015 for a speech Trump delivered to a European security meeting held by an NGO founded by Pinchuk.” The Ukrainian oligarch also made larger donations to the Clinton Foundation.
As owner of an investment advisory firm called EastOne, Pinchuk is one of Ukraine’s wealthiest men, with assets valued at $1.52 billion as of last year. The $150,000 Trump Foundation donation was made in exchange for a video address by the future president to a conference held “to develop strategies for Ukraine and Wider Europe and promote Ukraine’s European integration.” During that speech Mr. Trump insisted that “Part of the problem that Ukraine has with the United States is that Putin does not respect our President whatsoever.”