An FBI affidavit dated March 7 shows the FBI sought a warrant for information and communications related to Clarke's confrontation with that passenger, Dan Black, and "and the ensuing hassle Black was subjected to by deputies at Clarke's direction in the January incident", according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The application actually shows that a Milwaukee county investigation found it to be "credible" that Sheriff Clarke was "in excess of his lawful authority to direct his deputies to stop and question Black without legal justification".
Robert Snell of the Detroit News discovered the court filings in the clerk's office Friday.
Black had filed a lawsuit in February 2017 claiming Clarke abused his power after an encounter on an airplane.
Previous Milwaukee County sheriff and Donald Trump partner David Clarke has undermined to influence the media "to taste their own blood", following news reports of stunner claims in a Federal Bureau of Investigation sworn statement that he sicced agents on a kindred plane traveler very almost a year prior.
According to the affidavit, Black told Milwaukee investigators that he spotted Clarke after the men boarded the Milwaukee-bound plane in Dallas on Jan 15. Clarke asked Black if he had a problem and Black shook his head no.
"Just a field interview, no arrest unless he becomes an a**hole with your guys". The Sheriff said he does not have to wait for some goof to assault him. Black was detained and questioned by deputies about "remarks" he had made to Clarke, which Black denied, and then was escorted to a friend's auto to leave the airport. "For what reason didn't he simply keep his mouth close?" He was accused of misusing his authority as Milwaukee County Sheriff to bully a man after a plane flight. This included several threatening posts on the Milwaukee County Sheriff's official Facebook page. Indeed, Clarke's critics interpreted his posts as legitimately risky. Now, Clarke is even angrier after news outlets have done their job by researching a possible civil rights violation.
He continued later with a second tweet saying that the "Fake News" is trying to smear him.
Similarly, the FBI was investigating Clarke for possible civil rights violations.
Sheriff Clarke said he will not be intimidated into silence. He said he was notified by Google that the search warrant request was made in March.
Clarke, who surrendered as sheriff in August, made the danger in a tweet Saturday following stories about the sworn statement that was unlocked on Thursday. Clarke, who spoke at the Republican National Convention, infamously encouraged Trump supporters to take up "pitchforks and torches" because the system was "rigged" against Trump.