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Some Hold Strong Opinions about Trump, House Impeachment Hearings
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Mississippians are among millions of Americans following the historic public hearings of the House Impeachment Inquiry underway in Washington.   As MPB's Desare Frazier reports, some people in the state have strong opinions about the president. 

President Donald Trump overwhelming carried Mississippi in the 2016 election with nearly 58 percent of the vote.  His controversial governing style and the investigation into his dealings with the leader of Ukraine have some divided over his ability to lead the nation. 

On the streets of Downtown Jackson we talked to John Byrd about the impeachment hearing.  

"Currently he broke the law.  If any other common citizens break the law especially with extortion we'll get penalized even worse, get put in jail," said Byrd.

Yesterday, members of the House Intelligence Committee questioned witnesses for hours about Trump's call with the Ukraine leader.  John Thrash of Jackson thinks the process is moving too slowly.

"I think they've taken too long to get here.  Why?  Cause I believe, we'll I just don't believe he's fit for president," said Thrash.

At Trump's recent rally in Tupelo, he called the hearings a witch hunt.  Panda Moore Baldwin of Tupelo says the president's right.  

"I think that in the past four years they've just tried to find every little thing to impeach him," said Baldwin.

Charles Kennedy of Corinth agrees.

"I think the Democrats need to get off their little podium and start helping the Republicans govern the country instead of worrying about impeaching the president," said Kennedy.

Ed Lesure of Greenville talks impeachment while having lunch at Freddie's BBQ.

"I ain't never seen a president or heard a president say the things he says or do the things he do so I think it's time for him to get out," said Lesure. 

Another round of hearings takes place tomorrow.
John Barnett of Jackson gives his take on how the hearings will shake-out.

"I think it's all going to go down in flames and the president will be re-elected with a landslide," said Barnett.

A majority of the House Intelligence Committee must approve articles of impeachment for the process to move forward.