In mid-May, controversial Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke told a conservative radio host he’d accepted a position in the Department of Homeland Security. This week, Clarke withdrew his acceptance of the job, one that the DHS never publicly confirmed was even offered to the conservative-media star.
Clarke notified Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on Friday of his decision, Craig Peterson, an adviser to Clarke, said in a statement, according to The Washington Post and other newspapers.
“Sheriff Clarke is 100 percent committed to the success of President Trump and believes his skills could be better utilized to promote the president’s agenda in a more aggressive role,” the newspapers quoted Peterson as saying.
Neither the agency nor Clarke’s office immediately responded to requests for comment.
While the DHS never publicly confirmed that Clarke was offered the job, The Post reports they obtained the tentative job offer letter, but the position was subject to the approval of the Office of Personnel Management.
It was plagiarism that brought down the sheriff. Clarke faces multiple investigations for harassment of city employees, civilians who look at him, and the deaths of multiple inmates (to include an infant) in the prison he’s responsible for. While all of this was acceptable to DHS, the facts that he plagiarized his homeland security thesis and didn’t actually graduate from Dartmouth seemed to be the proverbial back-breaking straw that sunk his appointment to a key post in the administration.
Despite this embarrassment, Clarke is still in President Trump’s inner-circle. During the president’s trip to Wisconsin this week, he and Clarke met to discuss “other roles in which Clarke could support Trump” both “inside and outside of government,” The Washington Post reports.
Clarke would have been an assistant secretary of DHS acting as a liaison between the agency and state or local law enforcement.
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