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Debate commission: Yes, there were 'issues' with Donald Trump's mic after all

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is seen on television screens at the media room during the first presidential debate with U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, September 26, 2016.
Carlos Barria | Reuters
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is seen on television screens at the media room during the first presidential debate with U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, September 26, 2016.

The Commission on Presidential Debates acknowledged on Friday that Donald Trump's microphone was faulty during Monday's presidential debate, appearing to back the GOP contender's claim of having audio troubles during the event.

In a terse, single-sentence statement, the commission said that Trump's mic had "issues...that affected the sound level in the debate hall," without elaborating what the problem was, or to what extent it had impacted the audio quality.

After Monday night's debate at Hofstra University, Trump complained of having troubles with his mic, suggesting that it may have been done deliberately.

The remark was initially dismissed as part of a conspiracy, and touched off a round of heated post-debate jockeying between his camp and that of his opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The former Secretary of State retorted, "Anybody who complains about the microphone is not having a good night."