BREAKING: Betsy DeVos Appears To Have Plagiarized Confirmation Answers From Obama Official
Two Instances Of Apparent Plagiarism By Betsy DeVos Uncovered On Senate Questionnaire
Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos has been accused of plagiarizing two answers on her Senate questionnaire on the same day her confirmation moved a step forward out of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP). The choice of Donald Trump to run the Education Department has faced a brutal confirmation process and this will likely make final confirmation even tougher.
The questionnaire contains over 1,000 questions and it is not clear how much help she had from staffers in completing it. CNN notes the two instances:
“Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn, thrive, and grow,” DeVos writes…
“Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment that allows them to thrive and grow,” (Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita) Gupta wrote…
“Opening a complaint for investigation in no way implies that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has made a determination about the merits of the complaint,” DeVos wrote in response to a question about publishing the list of schools under Title IX investigations.
The Department of Education guidance reads, “Opening a complaint for investigation in no way implies that OCR has made a determination with regard to the merits of the complaint.”
DeVos was approved out of the HELP committee on a 12-11 vote along party lines and her confirmation now heads to the Senate floor. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski stated she is still undecided about confirming DeVos, despite voting for her advancement out of committee today.
Senate offices have been flooded with concerns over her nomination. Even with the possible defection of Murkowski, Republicans still appear to have the votes to fully confirm Devos as Secretary of Education.
Betsy DeVos would not be the first Trump appointee to be accused of plagiarism. Monica Crowley withdrew from a potential position in a communications role after multiple examples of apparent plagiarism were uncovered.
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