These people noted that the choice has yet to be finalized.
If picked, Crowley would replace Tony Sayegh to become the new assistant secretary for public affairs. Sayegh is leaving the Treasury Department at the end of May after serving more than two years with Mnuchin.
His departure coincides with that of Mnuchin’s chief of staff Eli Miller, who will be moving to the Blackstone Group, the private equity firm headed by Trump supporter Stephen Schwarzman.
A Treasury spokesman couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.
President Donald Trump had initially planned to appoint Crowley to a position at the National Security Council, but she withdrew in January 2017 after CNN reported she had plagiarized portions of her 2012 book.
The changeover comes amid an escalating fight between the White House and House Democrats over access to Trump’s tax returns.
House Ways and Means Committee chairman Richard Neal sent a second request with an April 23 deadline to comply. But Mnuchin has said he would consult with the Justice Department first before proceeding any further.
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