Americans tune in as first public impeachment hearing opens

NICHOLAS RICCARDI and STEPHEN GROVE Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Cattle rancher Jeffery Gatzke was tuning in between morning chores on his South Dakota farm, ready to witness what he already believed was a waste of time and a political sham: the first public hearings into impeaching President Donald Trump. In Denver, a tech manager arranged to work from home for the moment he hoped might mark the end of the Trump presidency. At a thatched roof tiki bar off the coast of Florida, the television would stick to sports, no debate. “We don’t talk about politics in this bar,” said Sharon Jarvis, bartender at the Ka’tiki on Treasure Island, Florida. Across the country, the first public airing of the impeachment drama had millions of Americans tuning in — and, in some cases, del
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