The White House is shooting down speculation that David Clarke, the controversial Milwaukee sheriff who resigned Aug. 31, is getting a spot in the Trump administration.
"I'm not aware of any specific jobs he's being considered for," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Newsmax.
She added that "we'll certainly make sure when we have a personnel announcement we'll let you know."
Sanders' remarks on Friday came less than four months after Clarke announced he was under consideration for a position at the Department of Homeland Security. However, a spokesman for DHS told reporters at the time he was not under consideration for any position.
As sheriff since 2002, Clarke — a registered Democrat who is black — has repeatedly stirred up tensions in Milwaukee County through incendiary remarks. He called Black Lives Matter "Black Lies Matter," denounced civil libertarians as "rat bastards on the left," and has proposed a "suspension of habeas corpus" for Americans suspected of ties with terrorists.
Last year, Clarke broke party ranks to address the Republican National Convention and campaign nationwide for Donald Trump.
In a CNN report in May, Clarke was charged with plagiarizing parts of his master's thesis at the Naval Postgraduate School. According to the report, Clarke's thesis lifted material 47 times without attribution from various sources. These included the American Civil Liberties Union, the 9/11 Commission report, and George W. Bush's memoirs.
Earlier this year, Clarke published a memoir entitled "Cop Under Fire" in which he flatly rules out rumored runs for another office. As he wrote, "I'm not running for mayor, I'm not running for congressman, I'm not running for senator and I'm not running for governor."
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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