Sheriff David Clarke Withdraws from Consideration for DHS Role Following Plagiarism Revelations

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Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke has withdrawn his name from consideration for an assistant secretary position at the Department of Homeland Security, an adviser to Clarke confirmed to The Washington Post on Saturday.

Clarke announced in a radio interview in May that he was taking the job.

Clarke previously said he would start the DHS job in June.

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.

"Last Tuesday Sheriff Clarke met with President Trump and discussed other roles where the Sheriff could be of greater assistance to the President, and the Country", he continued.

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A DHS spokesman said by email Sunday that Clarke is no longer being considered for a position within DHS. He added that Clarke will "promote the president's agenda in a more aggressive role".

Clarke is a highly-vocal President Trump supporter and a regular guest on Fox News.

Clarke has drawn a considerable amount of controversy as Milwaukee County sheriff. "The Sheriff is reviewing options inside and outside of government".

He was hit by allegations last month that he plagiarized content in his master's thesis on homeland security, which he denied. Since April 2016, one newborn baby and three inmates have died at the jail, and prosecutors have alleged that one of the deaths was caused by dehydration after jail staff cut off water access to his cell.

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