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Thursday's HOT MIC

Here is your HOT MIC for today.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, released copies of the edits today.

According to Johnson, there were “repeated edits to reduce Secretary Clinton’s culpability in mishandling classified information.”

“In summary, the edits to Director Comey’s public statement, made months prior to the conclusion of the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s conduct, had a significant impact on the FBI’s public evaluation of the implications of her actions. This effort, seen in light of the personal animus toward then-candidate Trump by senior FBI agents leading the Clinton investigation and their apparent desire to create an ‘insurance policy’ against Mr. Trump’s election, raise profound questions about the FBI’s role and possible interference in the 2016 presidential election and the role of the same agents in Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation by President Trump.”

Wow.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is demanding answers from the DOJ following the release of the Strzok/Page text messages that showed not only fear and loathing of a potential Trump presidency -- but an intent to do something about it.

"Any improper political influence or motives in the course of any FBI investigation must be brought to light and fully addressed," Grassley wrote. "Former Director Comey's claims that the FBI 'doesn't give a rip about politics' certainly are not consistant with the evidence of discussions occurring in the Deputy Director's office around  August 15, 2016."

 

Tragic news:

Another one bites the dust.

With the announcement that Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) will not seek re-election, the old argument that the resignation of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) would only cost Democrats has been blown out of the water.

Speaking of overwrought reactions to the repeal of net neutrality:

Judging from the comments in the thread, people are not taking this hot-take too seriously.