Steve Bannon pushes plan to impeach Biden as Trump faces Ally in jail

Steve Bannon appears to be embarking on another crusade before going to jail for contempt of congressional charges.

Hours before conservative provocateur and former aide to former President Donald Trump was sentenced to a four-month prison term by federal judge Carl Nichols on Friday morning, Bannon took to social media platform Gettr, where he endorsed comments by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy a pursuing only the politically motivated impeachment of President Joe Biden or other government officials.

In an interview with Punchbowl News earlier this week, McCarthy, a California Republican, pushed back against pressure from some of his GOP peers to charge the president or members of his cabinet with whiplash next year for what conservatives saw as a politically vengeful series of impeachment trials against Trump and said he currently sees no reason to start impeachment proceedings.

“You see what the Democrats have done,” McCarthy told the outlet. “They all came out and said they were going to start an impeachment trial before Trump was ever sworn in. There was no point in it. If you’ve spent all this time arguing against using impeachment for political ends, you must be able to uphold exactly what you said.”

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Above, Steve Bannon, former senior Trump White House adviser, speaks to reporters after exiting federal court after being sentenced in Washington on Friday. DC Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison after a federal jury found him guilty of two counts of contempt for Congress by refusing to release documents or be interviewed by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riots at the US Capitol.
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Bannon – who has already circulated speculation that Biden would be charged over the US-Mexico border crisis and questionable business dealings detailed in content on his son Hunter’s laptop – agreed.

“Listen carefully to what McCarthy said – ‘We will not conduct impeachment for political purposes,'” Bannon wrote on Gettr. “War room [his podcast] Agrees – We must only prosecute strictly under Constitutional guidelines – After deep and thorough investigations into the invasion of the southern border, Hunter Biden’s laptop from Hell, Fauci’s lies during the pandemic, and many other investigations.

He continued, “Then and only after we have determined serious crimes can we proceed with impeachment proceedings — if the case is clear to the American people, it is NOT political.” And believe me when I say there will be impeachment and the American people will not only support it, they will DEMAND it.”

House Republicans have already been actively discussing the possibility of an impeachment trial against Biden should they take control of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections. Some, like Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, have said on Bannon’s podcast that impeachment is a “priority” for House Republicans in the next Congress.

Others, like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia, have already made several efforts in this Congress to seek impeachment charges against the President, though they have had little traction in a House of Representatives still firmly controlled by Democrats to have.

That doesn’t mean the idea is off the table — though some Republicans have tried to avoid the fine line between wooing the party’s far-right elements and setting the precedent of impeaching a president without cause.

Elise Stefanik, chairwoman of the House of Representatives Republican Conference, tweeted that Biden was “unfit to serve as President,” who also suggested earlier this week that impeachment proceedings could be filed against the President over allegations that he had the Middle East oil cartel, the OPEC, demanded. from delaying an oil production cut until after the midterm elections.

More moderate members like Rep. Nancy Mace, a Republican from South Carolina, have said they would not vote to impeach a president without allowing due process — an important aspect of Mace’s decision, following last year’s decision not to impeach Trump to vote riot in the capitol.

Other members of Congress, such as Rep. Tom Cole, an Oklahoma Republican, have strongly opposed the idea.

“I would argue that we all know that at the end of the day there will be no sentencing in the Senate,” Cole told Politico of the Biden impeachment. “It just injects poison into the system, causes a lot of turmoil.”

Even Trump loyalists at Fox News, who have been widely critical of the former president’s impeachments, have expressed some reluctance to hold a new series of impeachment hearings unless there is a clear reason to go ahead with them.

Trump acolyte Brian Kilmeade, who appeared on colleague Stuart Varney’s program earlier this week, backed Varney’s remarks that impeachment was a “rotten idea” and “a waste of time” in an already bitterly divided Congress.

“Unless of course you have obscene corruption,” Kilmeade added. “And I’d like to see this cycle of ‘we don’t like this person so let’s accuse him’ stop. I mean what they did to Trump – it’s bad for the country.”

news week has reached out to the McCarthy and Stefanik offices for comment.

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