David Clarke—the former Milwaukee County Sheriff who was almost tapped to become a part of the Trump administration—will have to revise his master’s thesis or risk having his security studies degree taken away from him, reports CNN.
The Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California launched an investigation surrounding Clarke’s thesis amidst a CNN KFile report in May that claimed the content was plagiarized, the news outlet writes. The probe revealed that the thesis—titled Making U.S. security and privacy rights compatible—included improperly attributed language from sources like The Washington Post, the 9/11 Commission Report, ACLU reports, and a book penned by former President George W. Bush titled “Decision Points.”
CNN reports that Clarke received a letter from the school’s dean Cdr. Paul Rasmussen in July which claimed that his thesis violated the institution’s honor code and stated that he had 100 days to revise the paper.
Although Clarke has not issued a statement following the institution’s recent decision to have him edit his thesis, when the plagiarism allegations surfaced in May he defended himself on a radio show, reports CNN. “They’re saying certain words and phrases I should have put quotation marks around. OK, alright, fine. Maybe from a formatting standpoint the thesis isn’t perfect, but the content is there,” he said. He also took to Twitter to claim that Monica Crowley and Rand Paul were also being targeted.
In the past, David Clarke has come under fire for the inhumane conditions inside of Milwaukee County Jail and his outlandish remarks about groups like Black Lives Matter. His actions were magnified when he became an avid Trump supporter during the 2016 presidential election.
Earlier this year, it was reported that the Trump administration was eyeing Clarke to become an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, but it was later revealed that they decided not to consider him for the role.
He recently accepted a position with a Pro-Trump PAC.