Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke rejects Homeland Security position

U.S. President Donald Trump with first lady Melania and their son Barron walk out from the White House in Washington U.S. before their departure to Camp David

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But Craig Peterson, a political adviser to Clarke, said in a statement that the sheriff notified DHS Secretary John Kelly late Friday that he "had rescinded his acceptance of the agency's offer" to join DHS.

DHS never actually acknowledged the appointment, but the paper says Clarke was supposed to start the new position at the end of the month - until unspecified "delays" got in the way.

According to the Washington Post, the sheriff - who is up for reelection in November 2018 assuming he is also taking back his resignation as sheriff submitted to Gov. Scott Walker - is apparently staying put in Wisconsin. A job which definitely existed and he was 100 percent going to take.

U.S. President Donald Trump with first lady Melania and their son Barron walk out from the White House in Washington, U.S., before their departure to Camp David, June 17, 2017.

Peterson told the newspaper that Clarke still plans to help the Trump administration in some capacity, whether inside or outside of the federal government.

"Such senior positions are announced by the department when made official by the secretary", Burke said in an email. The job would have been based out of the DHS Office of Partnership and Engagement. Clarke isn't among the seven staffers — prosecutors said he wasn't directly involved in the events that led to the death of 38-year-old Terrill Thomas — but the death happened under Clarke's leadership, which his critics say is enough cause for his firing. A review by CNN's KFILE found that Clarke plagiarized sections of his 2013 master's thesis on United States security, failing to correctly attribute his sources at least 47 times.

Critics have faulted Clarke for his management of a Milwaukee County jail where a mentally ill man died in 2016 of dehydration.

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