Sheriff Clarke: Plagiarism Report Might’ve Killed My Trump Gig

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is no longer so sure he will be taking a job in the Trump administration. Although the controversial lawman—who oversees a jail where four people, including a child, have died—claimed last week that he had accepted an appointment as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, an agency spokesperson said there had been no announcement to make. Over the weekend, a CNN report found at least 47 instances of plagiarism or improper citations in Clarke’s masters thesis. “This is about weakening... the support that I give and that I have with President Donald Trump and Secretary Kelly, it’s to weaken their resolve to hang in there with me,” Clarke told a radio host on Monday in response to the report. “Will it be successful? It might, but I’m not going to lose any sleep over that.” Asked whether he still expects to take the job he claimed he already had, Clarke said: “Who knows? I say that sincerely, because I’m in a political environment, sometimes political decisions are made, President Donald Trump has to do what’s in the best interest of his administration. And they’ve cut people loose before, I don’t know why, so time will tell, but I know that he values loyalty.”