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Trump impeachment hearings aren't swaying people one way or the other, says U.S. voter

The co-owner of a Wisconsin bar says the televised impeachment hearings into U.S. President Donald Trump are "giving people something to talk about," but aren't swaying anyone's allegiances or voting intention for the 2020 election.

Inquiry giving people food for thought, but not changing opinion, says Kari Walker

U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a cabinet meeting at the White House on Tuesday. (mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

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The proprietor of a Wisconsin bar says her patrons aren't "being swayed one way or the other" by the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump.

Kari Walker is the co-owner of the Touchdown Tavern in Reedsburg, Wis., where her customers have been watching the hearings on the bar's TV every day.

"I can look around the room at any given time, and I can point out to you who voted for Trump, who voted for Hillary, who didn't vote," she told The Current's interim host Laura Lynch.

Kari Walker is the co-owner of the Touchdown Tavern in Reedsburg, Wis. (Submitted by Kari Walker)
Walker said the televised hearings, which began on Nov. 13, are "giving people something to talk about, and food for thought."

"But I'm skeptical that anyone's mind has been changed."

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the inquiry in September.

It's alleged Trump asked Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son in a bid to help his own reelection, and held back $391 million in military aid for the country as leverage.

Voters tired of 'posturing'

Walker said she approached the hearings with an open mind, but based on what she's heard, she believes Trump acted inappropriately.

She didn't vote for him in 2016, but had voted Republican in previous elections. 

Even if the Democrat-controlled House decides to impeach, she doesn't think the Republican-controlled Senate will vote to remove him from office.

"Donald Trump is not going to be getting my vote if he's even able to run for re-election, because perhaps more will come out and he'll resign," she said.

Lawyer Lauren Martel voted for Trump in 2016, and said she will again next year.

Martel described herself as a "constitutional conservative" who believes in "the sovereignty of the individual" and small government.

Lawyer Lauren Martel voted for Donald Trump in 2016, and said she will again in 2020. (Llyod Wainscott/Submitted by Lauren Martel)

She said the hearings haven't produced a "scintilla of evidence" to convince her that Trump acted inappropriately.

"This is a political process, not a legal courtroom," she said, adding that Americans are tired of the partisan point-scoring.

"This is all political posturing. I personally don't think Trump did anything wrong."

Impeachment is the political process of removing from office certain elected or public officials accused of wrongdoing. The process is more difficult than you might think. 2:01

Written by Padraig Moran. Produced by Julie Crysler and Joana Draghici.


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