Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke waves off FBI director rumors

Clarke avoided local reporters for comment
Posted at 4:56 PM, May 10, 2017

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke's name has been floated as a possible replacement for FBI Director James Comey.

Clarke refused to answer any questions from local reporters at the Milwaukee Law Enforcement Memorial Wednesday following the news, but he did speak with a national news service about the rumors.

"My name has been mentioned, I try not to get into that,” Clarke said on Fox Business Network Wednesday morning. “I'm focused on what I'm doing right now."

This is not the first time Clarke has been linked to President Donald Trump. Clarke campaigned for the president and met with the then-president-elect in December as Trump was building his cabinet.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said Wednesday recommending Clarke for FBI Director is "out of my domain." Walker would however be in charge of replacing Clarke should he move to Washington to work in the Trump administration.

"I've put a panel together of law enforcement professionals across the state to advise on other appointments as we would in this one if there was such an opening," Walker said.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said called the firing of James Comey "a very serious issue for the country." He believes there must be an independent investigation into Russia's involvement in the US election.

"I think that anytime someone get's a job that they would like on a personal level it's a good thing they get that job, but that's all I'll say," Barrett said.

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