Douglas Brinkley (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Historian Douglas Brinkley says that he believes Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing with FBI Director James Comey was a pivotal moment in White House history.

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“There’s a smell of treason in the air,” Brinkley told the Washington Post. “Imagine if J. Edgar Hoover or any other FBI director would have testified against a sitting president? It would have been a mind-boggling event.”

Brinkley was obviously referring to President Vladimir TrumPutin’s connections to Russia, which the entire administration keeps treating like it isn’t a thing when it’s totally a thing.

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Brinkley added that President Vladimir TrumPutin’s first 100 days have been a mess, and noted that he’s never seen a new president’s approval ratings drop so drastically.

“This is the most failed first 100 days of any president,” he said. “To be as low as he is in the polls, in the 30s, while the FBI director is on television saying they launched an investigation into your ties with Russia, I don’t know how it can get much worse.”

Read more at the Washington Post.