By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis
1. FBI and Trump presidency under a cloud: Three times in the television age of American politics we’ve witnessed an FBI investigation of a presidency: President Nixon and Watergate, President Reagan and Iran/Contra and President Clinton and the Lewinsky scandal. Two of the three ended on a hard track toward impeachment. So Monday’s testimony by FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers was explosive on several fronts. He confirmed that the FBI began probing a link between the Donald Trump campaign and the Kremlin last July, just as Gov. Mike Pence was
coming on board, thanks to the Indianapolis airport intervention of
then campaign manager Paul Manafort, who was far more than the bit
player “Baghdad Bob” Spicer portrayed.