Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke No Longer Being Considered For DHS Position
David Clarke, the controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff who was apparently up for consideration for a position at the Department of Homeland Security before it was revealed that he had plagiarized his Master’s Thesis, is no longer under consideration for a Federal Government position:
WASHINGTON — David A. Clarke Jr., the polarizing Milwaukee County sheriff and a vocal supporter of President Trump, has said he would not accept a senior position that he had been offered at the Homeland Security Department.
Sheriff Clarke, who once claimed that the Islamic State and Black Lives Matter activists were forming an alliance to destroy America, notified John F. Kelly, the homeland security secretary, of his decision on Friday, according to an adviser.
“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,” Craig Peterson, an adviser to the sheriff, said in a statement.
The Washington Post first reported Mr. Clarke’s decision on Saturday.
Mr. Peterson said that Mr. Clarke met with the president on Tuesday to discuss other roles — both inside and outside the government — that the sheriff might consider to help carry out Mr. Trump’s agenda.
Neither the White House nor the Department of Homeland Security ever acknowledged that Sheriff Clarke was actually offered a job at the agency. The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to request for comment.
When Mr. Clarke said last month on a Milwaukee radio show that he would join the homeland security agency as an assistant secretary, it set off alarms in Wisconsin and in Washington.
Chris Abele, the Milwaukee County executive, said in a statement at the time, “The appointment of Sheriff Clarke to a position intended to build partnership and engagement is not a decision made by someone interested in partnership or engagement.”
Juliette N. Kayyem, who was assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Homeland Security during the Obama administration, wrote on Twitter: “I am floored. And feel for my career staff.”
Senator Kamala Harris of California, a Democrat who sits on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wrote in a Twitter post: “Sheriff David Clarke’s unconscionable record makes him unfit to serve. This appointment is a disgrace.”
Sheriff Clarke, who gained national attention when he spoke at the Republican National Convention last July, is a vocal proponent of gun rights and is a member of the National Rifle Association. That association has often brought him into conflict with the Black Lives Matter movement, which rose to prominence after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager, in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014.
In addition to the plagiarism charges, Clarke has long been the subject of charges that his department has mistreated prisoners and suspects alike during his tenure. Most recently, he has been under investigation in connection with the death of an inmate. To be fair, Clarke’s claim that he was up for a DHS position came entirely from him and his own camp. It was never acknowledged by anyone in the Trump Administration or at the Department of Homeland Security prior to the time that the plagiarism charges became public, so it’s unclear how accurate that claim ever actually was.
Update: Apparently, Clarke was offered a position:
For those wondering if Sheriff Clarke ever actually received a job offer, I've obtained a copy of the letter from DHS Human Resources pic.twitter.com/RIcZgDfThb
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) June 18, 2017