Bannon: Pelosi's impeachment strategy 'actually quite brilliant'

Former White House chief strategist Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonBannon: Clinton waiting to enter 2020 race and 'save the Democratic Party from Michael Bloomberg' Mueller witness linked to Trump charged in scheme to illegally funnel money to Clinton campaign Gabbard on Harris leaving race: 'I respect her sincere desire to serve the American people' MORE on Tuesday praised Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing White House, Democrats strike tentative deal to create Space Force in exchange for federal parental leave benefits: report Trump: Fox News 'panders' to Democrats by having on liberal guests MORE (D-Calif.) over her handling of the House’s impeachment investigation into President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE as “quite brilliant.”

“I disagree with her ideologically, but I think Nancy Pelosi is a master at political warfare. I think, strategically, what she has done from their perspective is actually quite brilliant,” Bannon said in an interview with CBS News

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Bannon, who had a falling out with Trump that led to his ouster at the White House but has continued to be a staunch defender of the president, runs a podcast called “War Room: Impeachment” with former Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller and Raheem Kassam. The podcast is intended to buoy the administration amid GOP concerns over a lack of coordination in its response to the House’s inquiry.

Bannon told CBS News a “sense of urgency” among the president's allies “is not there today” and that the GOP is “not as united on messaging as the Democrats.”

However, Bannon also predicted that the impeachment could be a boon for Trump’s reelection chances, saying Wednesday’s public hearings are the start of the 2020 campaign.

“You’ve got to get maniacally focused on how you're going to make this case to the American people, and it’s going to start tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.,” Bannon said.

The former Trump aide has complimented Pelosi's strategy in the past, saying last month that her strategy is "winning."

Bannon’s comments come a day before the House is set to hold its first public hearings in its impeachment investigation. William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, and George Kent, a top State Department official, are set to testify Wednesday, while former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is expected to testify Friday. 

House Democrats launched their impeachment inquiry in September over concerns that Trump threatened to withhold $400 million in military aid to Ukraine unless Kyiv publicly launched an inquiry into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: Buttigieg 'doesn't have significant black support even in his own city' Biden: 'I'd add' Warren to my list of potential VP picks How can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? MORE and 2016 election meddling. Republicans have dismissed concerns that Trump’s request was inappropriate, and the president has maintained that his interactions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky were "perfect."

However, several witnesses have testified that they were uncomfortable with Trump’s request and that they believed there was a quid pro quo surrounding the president’s dealings with Ukraine.