Trump impeachment hearings aren't swaying people one way or the other, says U.S. voter
Inquiry giving people food for thought, but not changing opinion, says Kari Walker
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.
"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.
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."
Written by Padraig Moran. Produced by Julie Crysler and Joana Draghici.