Clarke — a controversial tough-on-crime lawman whose appointment was met with outcry from the left — notified Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly Friday that he won’t take the gig as as assistant secretary, the Washington Post reports.
“Sheriff Clarke is 100 percent committed to the success of President Trump and believes his skills could be better utilized to promote the president’s agenda in a more aggressive role,” Clarke’s adviser Craig Peterson told the paper.
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.
Senate Democrats penned a letter to Kelly in May imploring him to can Clarke over his “troubling record,” which they said includes “multiple inmate deaths” under his watch, his claims that Black Lives Matter activists are in cahoots with ISIS, and accusations that he plagiarized parts of his master’s thesis.
It is not clear how Clarke will continue to serve Trump now, but the pair met Tuesday to discuss other roles, the Washington Post reports.Read more at NYPost