Monday's HOT MIC

Here is your HOT MIC for the day.

I took gold in the Lettuce Wraps

Look what the Senate Judiciary Committee dug up:

It's a CYA letter Rice sent to herself on her last day in the White House. According to her letter (and we can always trust Susan Rice to tell the absolute truth, right?), President Obama had "stressed" that the Russia investigation be handled "by the book" during a January 5 meeting in the Oval Office with her and then-FBI Director James Comey, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and then-Vice President Joe Biden.

"There'll be no politicizing of this investigation on my watch!" Obama stressed. "We must proceed as we always do, completely by the book and on the up and up. No tricks!"

Doesn't look like the senators are buying it.

I love that Senators Grassley and -- yes -- Graham are doing the important work uncovering the layers of this scandal that the completely worthless Senate Intelligence Committee refuses to do.

One last hot take...

And it would be an improvement, too.

The CEO of the New York Times attempted to defend his paper's fawning coverage of North Korea at the Olympics over the weekend, but his explanation fails to persuade.

Via Twitchy:

Nice try, but no.

The real reason the NYT and other MSM outlets didn't add proper context to their articles is because they wanted to score cheap political points against the Trump administration. Period.

Less than a year ago, the Norks delivered a brain-dead young man back to his parents here in America and he died soon after. In January of 2016, the regime had accused young Otto Wambier of trying to steal a propaganda poster. After a one-hour sham trial, he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, but he didn't last more than a month. The Norks, who deny mistreating him, had apparently tortured Wambier into a vegetative state.

Adding that context along with the fact that North Korea is a heinous sh*thole country that brainwashes and enslaves its own citizens every day of their lives, might have put too positive a spin on Vice President Pence's lack of warmth toward the evil regime at the Olympics.

No, it was much more convenient to the narrative to report that the charming and radiant Kim Yo-jong had "outflanked" Pence with her "charm offensive."

Yep, the Obama Portraits are already memes.

And of course...

Well played, everyone. Now get back to work!