Trump ‘not surprised’ by support for pulling Brennan, Comey clearances

Trump ‘not surprised’ by support for pulling Brennan, Comey clearances
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE late Tuesday said he is "not surprised" by a new poll that found a majority of Americans supports revoking the security clearances of former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanIntel agencies' threat assessment matters more than tiff with Trump Intelligence chiefs should be commended, despite Trump's attacks on them Intel operation against Trump still going strong MORE and former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMcCabe book: Trump pushed back on officials using Putin claim that North Korea couldn't fire long-range missiles Graham seeks new Rosenstein testimony after explosive McCabe interview Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general MORE

"New Poll - A majority of Americans think that John Brennan and James Comey should have their Security Clearances Revoked," Trump tweeted. "Not surprised!

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A Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released exclusively to The Hill on Monday found the majority of U.S. voters believes that Brennan and Comey should have their security clearances revoked. 

The poll was conducted a week after Brennan had his security clearance revoked by Trump, a move that many perceived to be an act of retaliation against an outspoken critic of the president and his administration. 

Sixty percent of respondents overall said they believe former national security officials who become TV news contributors should give up their clearances. 

Fifty-nine percent of registered voters polled felt Brennan should have lost his clearance, while 64 percent said Comey and others at the FBI should lose theirs. 

"An overwhelming majority of the public thinks that former officials should lose their security clearance, and believe that former officials like Brennan and Coney should no longer have any clearance," said Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll co-director Mark Penn.

"There would definitely be support for a wholesale policy revoking their clearances," Penn added.

The White House on Tuesday confirmed Brennan's security clearance had officially been revoked after Brennan said he was unsure if he had actually lost it. 

“The President’s order went into effect immediately, and Mr. Brennan no longer has access to classified information,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told The Hill.