Chicago (EJP) Steve Bannon, ex-adviser to Donald Trump, has claimed that President Joe Biden will be impeached in November over his administration's handling of the U.S.-Mexico border. "You have stood down ICE and you've stood down Border Patrol, and guess what? That's the impeachment hearing I want to hear," Bannon, the former White House chief strategist under former President Donald Trump, said during a recent episode of his War Room: Pandemic podcast. "You're going to sit there for day after day and week after week and we're going to bring the witnesses," Bannon continued, in an attack that appeared to be aimed at the president. "We're going to bring the witnesses of what you did to this country and what you did on the southern border." According to Customs and Border Protection data, agents apprehended nearly 2 million entering the country illegally along the U.S.-Mexico border during the 2021 calendar year. That figure is up from nearly 1 million apprehended in the 2019 calendar year. "Preserve your documents because after impeachment, they're going to put you up on criminal charges. Criminal charges for allowing this country to be invaded by your actions," Bannon said. "Acts of commission not acts of omission," said Bannon. "We're not going to back down, so write it down. This November is about one thing: it's impeaching Joe Biden to stop this madness and to stop this illegitimate regime from destroying our nation." Bannon, who was formally pardoned by Trump after facing fraud charges, was CEO of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and also served as the former president's senior counselor and chief White House strategist. With the 2022 midterm elections looming in November, Republicans will be ramping up efforts to retake the majority in the House and the Senate
Bannon's remarks come weeks after Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said he believes Biden could face impeachment if Republicans were to gain control of the House after November's midterms. "Yeah, I do think there's a chance of that," Cruz said late December during an episode of Verdict With Ted Cruz when pressed on the issue. "And whether it's justified or not, as we talked about when Verdict launched, the Democrats weaponized impeachment. They used it for partisan purposes to go after Trump because they disagreed with him. And one of the real disadvantages of doing that ...is the more you weaponize it and turn it into a partisan cudgel, you know, what's good for the goose is good for the gander." The Texas Republican said: "That's not how impeachment is meant to work, but I think the Democrats crossed that line. I think there'll be enormous pressure on a Republican House to begin impeachment proceedings."