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You pay a high price for their testimony against Trump

to testify Against an American President, is not for the faint-hearted. In the case of the Impeachment hearings in the Ukraine affair, witnesses are threatened and defamed – or as exemplary figures of light celebrated, depending on the political location of the commentators.

For the Democrats and liberal media like the New York Times is Marie Yovanovitch, the former US Ambassador in the Ukraine, a heroine, for the President and his Republican fan club, however, she is an incompetent Bureaucrat.

to Testify and Donald Trump in a bad light, it can even be dangerous. There is a barrage of threats, you will be vilified as a traitor, or a bureaucrat in the service of the "Deep State".

Marie Yovanovitch in her statement on Friday. Image: Keystone

In the case of the Lieutenant Colonel Alexander he received his who testified on Tuesday before the house intelligence Committee of the house of representatives, expressed Republican friends Trumps even doubts as to the loyalty to the Fatherland of the witnesses. He travels not as a three-year-old from the Ukraine? In addition, a Ukrainian Official had asked the Lieutenant Colonel if he wanted to be a defense Minister in Kiev!

Vindmans loyalty was questioned, although the Colonel is the Lieutenant, highly decorated, and in Iraq, was wounded. He felt therefore compelled to soothe the beginning of its agreement to recess on Tuesday to his father: "don't Worry, I'm fine, because I'm telling the truth", was he received his television to his father.

Nevertheless, the US army has an eye on him and his family: They would "" that Vindmans security needs "are met," said a Pentagon Official, the Wall Street Journal. If necessary, the Colonel would have to second Lieutenant and his family temporarily in a barracks life.

Defamed and threatened not

Alexander he received his is the first American who paid a price for his testimony at an impeachment proceedings against a President. As Richard Nixon's legal counsel John Dean during the Watergate scandal in 1974, before the Congress, testified and Nixon in anschwärzte, he disappeared afterwards, because of serious death threats for a while in the witness protection program of the FBI.

something Similar happened to Linda Tripp, a government employee at the Pentagon, which brought in 1998, the Lewinsky scandal and the subsequent Impeachment of Bill Clinton to the roles. She was vilified by Clinton's supporters and threatened. After that, it became almost impossible to get your good name to recover, said Tripp 2018. Don't leave anything with a Impeachment to compare, "and there is nothing that could prepare you for it".

Video: Impeachment in 108 seconds U.S. correspondent Alan Cassidy declared, as the case against Trump runs out. (Video: Alan Cassidy, Adrian Panholzer, Sarah Sbalchiero)

witness how he received his or Marie Yovanovitch would agree with Tripp certainly. Their appearances before the house intelligence Committee have brought your life out of balance, it will take time to return to normal will move in your everyday life. Because to come to a President in the way, especially a President like Donald Trump, has consequences.

Who, however, considers the case of an investigation in Congress, a President, the Loyalty and the Opposition just can catapult into a new career. So would have been the Lieutenant-Colonel Oliver North in 1987, during the Iran/Contra scandal of the Ronald Reagan almost a impeachment procedures listed. North was Reagan's democratic adversary in the case of his agreement to recess down and became a Celebrity. He brought it even to the President of the gun lobby, the NRA.

Podcast "USA: decision-2020" Listen to the latest episode of the podcast "decision-making in 2020" with a United States correspondent, Alan Cassidy and Philip also on Spotify, or on iTunes.

Created: 20.11.2019, 11:52 PM

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