In the middle of the night, with no notification, update or clarification, the New York Times made significant changes to a story on two inspectors general calling for a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use — to no longer impugn the Democrat front-runner directly after the campaign complained.

The original story opened with the statement that two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation "into whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as secretary of state," according to Politico.

The clause that replaced it no longer delineates Clinton as the target of the probe, stating that the inspectors general are merely asking for an inquiry "into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state."

Along with the lede, the headline of the story and its URL were also changed, from "Criminal Inquiry Sought in Hillary Clinton's Use of Email," to "Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account," Politico reports.

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