Milwaukee sheriff denies claims he plagiarized in his master's thesis

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Clarke - who announced this week he would join the Trump administration as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security - completed the thesis on us security for the Naval PostGraduate School in Monterey, Calif., the station reported.

Clarke reportedly built his 2013 thesis titled, "Making U.S. security and privacy rights compatible", by using the language from such sources while he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. The report that CNN carried over the weekend cites close to 50 instances in Clarke's 2013 thesis where it seems he failed to put quotation marks around statements he took nearly verbatim from other sources.

CNN reported that Clarke credited his sources in a footnote, but didn't use quotation marks as school policy requires to show that the words he used weren't his own. The cable network reported some of the plagiarised passages were taken from ACLU reports, the 9/11 Commission Report, a Washington Post article and a Pew Research Center report.

Stewart said the CNN reporter is "attacking" Clarke "with fake stories nitpicking words".

Thursday, Clarke announced he was taking a job with the Trump administration as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security. The sheriff responded to the report on Twitter by calling CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski a "political hack" and a "sleaze bag".

A school spokesman told CNN it would conduct a plagiarism investigation, and it has removed Clarke's thesis from the school's archive. A side-by-sidecomparison by CNN illustrated the similarities between portions of Clarke's thesis and the original texts. The appointment would not require Senate confirmation.

Clarke campaigned for Trump during the 2016 election and has been one of his most prominent supporters since the election.

Following Clarke's announcement on Wednesday, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele issued a statement reading, "I've said repeatedly that Milwaukee deserves better than Sheriff Clarke". Clarke has also made controversial remarks in the past, for example, in an interview in 2016 on CNN with Don Lemon referring to Black Lives Matter (BLM) as a hate group. She declined to provide additional information when asked by the AP on Sunday, saying in an email, "The sheriff said to follow national media for his response to this smear". At least four people died in Clarke's jail between April 2015 and November 2016, including a newborn baby who had been born inside the jail without the jail staff knowing.

Earlier in May a jury recommended charges against seven officials at the jail after an inmate was deprived of water for seven days straight and died of dehydration.