Sheriff David Clarke unsure if Trump will still hire him after plagiarism report
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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said a CNN report that he plagiarized parts of his master's thesis could sway President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE's decision to appoint him to a position in the Department of Homeland Security.

"This is about weakening, like I said, the support that I give and that I have with President Donald Trump and Secretary Kelly, it's to weaken their resolve to hang in there with me," Clarke said in an interview that aired Monday with radio host Joe Pags that was first highlighted by CNN

"Will it be successful? It might, but I'm not going to lose any sleep over that," he added.

Clarke said last week that he had accepted the job of assistant secretary at DHS’s Office of Partnership and Engagement. However, DHS said that the department had not made any announcement about his appointment.


Asked during the interview whether the plagiarism allegations could dissuade Trump from hiring him, Clarke said that he was unsure, and that Trump would do "what's in the best interest of his administration."

"Who knows? I say that sincerely, because I'm in a political environment, sometimes political decisions are made," he said. "President Donald Trump has to do what's in the best interest of his administration. And they've cut people loose before, I don't know why, so time will tell, but I know that he values loyalty."

Clarke is a steadfast supporter of Trump and appeared at rallies with him during his campaign. 

CNN reported last week that dozens of passages from Clarke's 2013 master's thesis used direct lines from other sources and only credited them in footnotes, ultimately failing to use quotation marks to denote that he was using the material verbatim.

Clarke denied the plagiarism allegations, telling the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel over the weekend that the reporter who authored the report was a "sleaze bag" with a "political agenda."

But in a separate radio interview Tuesday morning on "The Sid and Bernie Show" highlighted by CNN, Clarke acknowledged, "Maybe from a formatting standpoint the thesis isn't perfect, but the content is there."