Sources: White House wants Clarke for Homeland Security job


    Is Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, running from his Milwaukee critics straight to the White House?

    The Sheriff has been under intense public pressure to resign over misconduct for four deaths in jails that he oversees.

    But people close to the White House told POLITICO that “Clarke is in line to be appointed as assistant secretary at DHS’ Office of Partnership and Engagement, which coordinates outreach to state, local and tribal officials and law enforcement. The position does not require Senate confirmation.”

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    A senior administration official cautioned it’s “not a done deal yet.”

    Clarke, a longtime supporter of President Donald Trump, has long been rumored as a possible candidate for a job in the administration and met with Trump in November at Trump Tower. He also spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last year.

    He has come under fire in recent days amid revelations about the case of Terrill Thomas, who died of dehydration last year at the Milwaukee County Jail after guards turned off the water in his cell.

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, has said he won’t remove Clarke from office over Thomas’ death.

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