Report: Former Sheriff David Clarke to Take White House Job

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David Clarke may be joining the Trump administration after resigning Thursday from his position as sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wis.

Clarke has been a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, despite being a Democrat, and two sources told Politico that he is expected to take a job in the White House. Clarke has appeared regularly on Fox News, and spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Politico reported that the administration is unlikely to appoint him to a position requiring Senate confirmation, and is instead going to give him a position in the White House. Administration officials declined to say whether Clarke would be taking a job.

"We have no announcement at this time," White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told Politico.

"Will talk about my future plans next week," Clarke said in a text.

Clarke's record has come under increased scrutiny after deaths among his Milwaukee County jail inmates. These include Terrill Thomas, who died of dehydration after being denied water for several days.

Trump has remained supportive of Clarke, however, even tweeting to promote his book, Cop Under Fire: Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America.

Clarke had previously said he was taking a position in the Department of Homeland Security, but he announced that he was withdrawing his acceptance of the job. It is unclear whether he was ever officially offered a position.

Paul Crookston

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Paul Crookston is a media analyst with the Washington Free Beacon. He was previously a Collegiate Network fellow at National Review. A 2016 graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., he served as the managing editor of the Tartan campus newspaper. He is originally from Tampa, Fla., but he still roots for Dad’s Ohio teams. His Twitter handle is @P_Crookston. He can be reached at

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