Earlier in August, President Trump revoked former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance, following a series of high-profile attacks, including calling Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin “nothing short of treasonous.”
The Obama-appointed Brennan had become one of the president’s most vocal detractors, and his close associations with the mainstream media prompted Republicans such as Rand Paul to urge Trump to revoke his clearance.
The decision drew outrage from Trump’s political opponents, including former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by the president in 2017 and, like Brennan, has publicly critiqued Trump on a number of occasions.
However, a new poll revealed that “an overwhelming majority of the public” feels that both Brennan and Comey, as well as other former officials, should not retain security clearance.
The majority of respondents to a Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll released Monday said former CIA Director John Brennan and former FBI Director James Comey should in fact lose their security clearances.
“An overwhelming majority of the public thinks that former officials should lose their security clearance, and believe that former officials like Brennan and Comey should no longer have any clearance,” Mark Penn, co-director of Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll that was first released to The Hill, said.
The poll shows that 59 percent of registered voters agree that Brennan’s security clearance should have been revoked.
Additionally, 64 percent say Comey’s should also be revoked, along with any other FBI official who has been fired for his or her actions or has been demoted in any way.
Further, the majority of respondents, 60 percent, say they believe any former national security official who chooses to become a consultant or TV contributor after his or her time in government, should have his or her clearance revoked.
Comey was fired by President Donald Trump in May 2017, and since then has vocally criticized the president, most notably on Twitter and in his book “A Higher Loyalty.”
Trump revoked Brennan’s clearance Aug. 15 in a statement read at a press conference by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Trump questioned Brennan’s credibility and said his behavior was erratic and unprofessional, but critics said the president revoked the clearance because Brennan has been highly critical of Trump and his character.
Brennan’s Twitter shows a nearly obsessive amount of tweets attacking Trump, and he’s done the same on major cable stations such as NBC and MSNBC.