What did the man remove from Hillary Clinton's debate podium?

Immediately after the first 2016 presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, a man wearing glasses swiftly removed something from Hillary’s podium.
I need you to help me figure out what he removed.
Here’s the Washington Post‘s live-stream video of the debate. The relevant footage of Hillary’s flunky removing “the thing” from her podium begins around the 4:58:14 mark. I suggest you watch the video in slow motion by:

  • Click the wheel icon in the bottom right of the video
  • Click “speed”
  • Click “0.25”


In case Washington Post also truncates its video to just the debate portion (as NBC did with its debate video, shortening it from the original 2+ hours that contained the post-debate segment of Hillary bending down to shake hands with the fawning audience, which revealed the strange square-shaped thingie and wire attached to her back under her jacket), I took the following screenshots.

Note: For my post on the strange protrusions on Hillary’s back and NBC excising that footage from its video, see “What’s that underneath Hillary Clinton’s jacket at 9/26 debate with Trump?“.

The first screenshot below shows what appears to be a writing pad on Hillary’s podium (circled in yellow).
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The man then quickly turns over to Lester Holt the pad he had just removed from Hillary’s podium:
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Below are cropped, enlarged images of the thing on Hillary’s podium and the thing in the man’s hands.
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So what was “the thing” that Hillary had her flunky remove so quickly from her podium?
Some possibilities:

  1. PoliCulture thinks “the thing” is a tablet computer that was transmitting moderator Lester Holt’s questions to Hillary before hand. She did look down at her podium a lot during the debate.
  2. A tablet computer transmitting answers to Holt’s questions by someone who’s coaching Hillary. (I read somewhere that Bill Clinton declined to sit in the audience during the debate, but chose to be in a “green room”.)
  3. A pad of writing paper with Holt’s questions and/or answers to the questions, giving Hillary an unfair advantage.
  4. The most innocent explanation: A writing pad on which Hillary was scribbling notes during the debate. Note that Trump also had a paper pad on his podium. The difference is that Hillary’s flunky very quickly removed her papers, whereas Trump just left his papers behind. Why the haste, unless Hillary had something to hide?

What do you think? Sound off in our poll!


H/t FOTM‘s maziel and truckjunkie.
See also “Hillary Clinton used a ear-phone at debate with Trump“.

UPDATE:

I made a GIF of the relevant footage, in case Washington Post (like NBC News) deletes it from its video. At the end of the GIF, you can see mystery man handing over “the thing” to Lester Holt. 🙂
[wpvideo IGIM44zl]

UPDATE (Sept. 30, 2016):

Hillary’s flunky has been identified as Brady Williamson, a long time Democrat apparatchik and three-decade member of the Democrat debate negotiation team.
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According to Conservative Treehouse, Williamson removed something much more than just notes atop Hillary’s podium. Another person was also seen removing something.  All of the key players were very aware and cautious of the people around them when they were in “cleaning mode”.
Williamson also greeted the Clintons when they arrived at the debate.
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See also:

H/t Kelleigh Nelson and FOTM‘s TPR.
~Eowyn

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Legal pad (well, an 8 1/2 x 11 pad)… clearly has stuff written on it and doesn’t look like note-taking scrawl (too neat and brief, though it can’t be read) either.comment image

edwitnesstness
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I have to say this didn’t even look like the fat Hillary I am used to seeing. Maybe she wasn’t even there. And she used a stand-in. Just sayin??

MeThePeople
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MeThePeople

She’s a crook, so anything is possible with her. She’s a World-Class liar, and liars must always remember what rhey say so they do not get caught. She has her lines memorised, and has been doing it for decades. I do not think the “thing” was anything more than paper. She had a whole lot going on without carrying something which might get discovered and embarrass her. They picked the questions, had the moderator in their pocket, was wearing a wire, has a team of liars advising her, she appeared high as a kite, and her opponent didn’t want to… Read more »

CSB
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CSB

A Fox news reporter was at Killery’s campagn headquarters, during the previous week, and a FedEx dressed person came in with a delivery to the campain manager, only. The fox news man knew the guy as an aide, and and knew his name and ask what he was was doing in a fedex uniform. He looked outside and no van/vehicle from FedEx is outside. The guy then disappears out the back way. Kilery was given the questions ahead of time I’ll look for the link to that story, and post it. Highly illegal, and she absolutely knew the questions and… Read more »

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MA in MO
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It is either #1 or #2 in the above questions and/or could be both. There is no doubt in my mind that Hit-lie-ary cheated and with the help of Lester Holt and NBC. Lester, you need to stick with doing dateline!

Maryaha
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It looks like a writing tablet in some of the pictures, but it also looks kind of bright. Maybe that’s just from the lighting. But since this involved Hillary Clinton, judging from her inability to repent and turn from her life of crime, I automatically assume she is cheating. Couple that with the ever-underhanded Lester Holt, and there’s really no question in my mind what is going on. He seems to be rather interested in his collar in these pictures.

Jerry
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Jerry

If she was leaked the questions I am sure she would be leaked them in advance. If that is the case there is no reason to bring the actual questions to the debate. I am sure she would have rehearsed and memorized answers.
I also noticed that it was weird this guy went and grabbed something from her podium only. I am curious who he is too and why he was the first person that Bill and Hillary met coming out of their car at the debate.

Glenn47
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Glenn47

You can bet whatever it is, it was something to help her one up Trump. I also noticed she went to the stage point afterwards the farest from her podium as a distraction in order for the man to swope in and remove the paper.
There is also a video of a close up of her at the podium with her right hand seeming to have uncontrollable movement.
To me she seemed very rehearsed with her comebacks and very smug, like we got this. Her hand cues to Holt when she wanted the stage was very obvious.

MHB Administrator
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Reblogged this on Scoop Feed.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I don’t think it was the “questions”. What was important for her was appearing on top of the “answers”. She was wired for sound. He read a question, she knew it was coming and someone read, verbatim, the answer. That’s why she looked so smug. Holt’s job was to make sure that nobody caused her to have to provide a spontaneous answer. She could just smile through her drug-induced haze and feel giddy and insulting. She was bathing in the afterglow of the drugs. She was trying to be clever with Trump but couldn’t pull it off. I’m sorry, I… Read more »

Lophatt
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hvgarvey@comcast.net
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hvgarvey@comcast.net

Hi:
This is the electronic complement to what was in her ear. hvg

MeThePeople
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MeThePeople

It was the pen. It was a James Bond special that shot Trump with a drug that made it hard for him to breath thru his nose, stand up straight, or keep his mind on scoring a KO. He ought to leave the mud slinging to a professional like Newt Gingrich who was dropping one liners all evening. If Trump was promiscuous while a private citizen, that is a whole lot different than the side show Hillary co-starred in with Bill while holding public office, then she leveraged herself to full partner with him to buy her silence. I don’t… Read more »

chulai1968
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chulai1968

While watching the debate, I admit that I concentrated on what was being said and failed to notice other ‘details’. While watching replays, though, I did notice that Hillary continuously glanced down, as if reading something. There is no doubt in my mind that something underhanded was going on, and it seems like there has to be a better way to select ‘moderators’. Using mainstream network people is not the answer, as there is a definite built in bias against any conservative thought.

chulai1968
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chulai1968

Perhaps the ‘thing’ contained a bonus check for Lest Holt, ‘with Love and Appreciation, from Hillary & Bill’…..

seagrape
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seagrape

Even Next News Network got snookered by the fake Baltimore Gazette story about Hillary being given the questions in advance by a fake FedEx delivery person. I wish people would vet their stories before posting them. It’s not that hard to do.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Here’s another interesting item:
https://investmentwatchblog.com/breaking-the-clinton-campaign-has-pulled-the-video-of-her-signalling-to-lester-holt-during-debate-off-of-youtube/
They must have studied journalism in East Germany circa 1964. Is this the sort of person anyone wants in the White House? Well, I already know the answer to that. So does she. That’s why she cheats.

Big Dutch
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Big Dutch

Recall when James Bond took the mic and scolded Goldfinger during his game of gin rummy. Where’s Mr. Bond when we need him? The look on her face would be priceless.

KittyF
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KittyF

Whatever was written on that pad, it is obviously so important that they were prepared to instantly retrieve it. Why would the very first thing Holt did after shaking hands with Trump and Hillary be to turn his back to the audience and climb on stage to meet with the possessor of Hillary’s debate notes? Obviously Holt and Hillary were working together to double team Trump. I wonder how much it took for them to buy the weasel? I wonder if Loretta Lynch got more or less than Holt.

Olasus
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Olasus

It does not really matter what it was. What matters is that she has a tendency to leave her work behind for others to go through it. Totally carefree and not to mention careless with classified information, as this writing pad/tablet had no chain of custody, from her to shorty who picked it up, like everything else she does, carefree!!!

CalGirl
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It was her note pad (you could see her writing on it throughout)….and it said, “Focus, focus, focus…..deep breaths, deep breaths….don’t pass out now, don’t pass out now…wait…wait….wait…..Call him a liar, dredge up a fat Ms Universe to illuminate his treatment of women…Oh wait…maybe not….I called some women some ugly names back when Bill was “doing” them……OH…TOO LATE it’s all slipped out now!!!”

TONYA PARNELL
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TONYA PARNELL

RIGGED, RIGGED, RIGGED-AND IT WILL GET WORSE

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cartoonsstudio
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Since she was dressed full red, my guess is it was a collapsible trident

Joe
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Joe

The MSM has kept the focus on Trump’s 20 year old comments to deflect the truth that millions of people voted for him in the online polls, which were immediately demonized as unprofessional, etc. Anyone with connections should get these cheating observations to him.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

It isn’t “the pad” that I’m concerned with. There is (are?) a box (or boxes) that one agent removes. Then, the really slimy guy who met them outside takes another “case”. He isn’t able to get it right away so Bill and Hill block the field of view while Bill slips it to him. You can clearly see it on the tape. What was that? What was the screen in her podium that Trump didn’t have? Why did they have to get those things out of there while the “crowd” was there? Why not simply wait a while and remove… Read more »

Jimmy
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Jimmy

What I’d like to know is,… what did Hillary hand over to the moderator w/ her right hand that he then placed behind his jacket collar,… ???

TPR
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TPR

I can’t tell what he picked up from her podium but as for who he is, gateway pundit posted this this morning:
“The identity of the ‘cleanup man’ has been reported as being lawyer Brady Williamson. He has been involved with the Clinton’s for a long time.”
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/09/did-crooked-cheatin-hillary-have-an-ipad-or-monitor-and-notes-during-the-debate/
They got their info from this Reddit thread:
https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/555cyn/breaking_identity_of_the_man_that_was_messing/?st=itqba7ps&sh=2c1f45e7

Sher
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Sher

Also note that Clintons podium had a horizontal light which some theorize is a TelePrompTer. Trump’s did not, as seen in your 4:58.03 screen shot. In the video I saw, the light went out a couple of seconds after Clinton stepped away from the podium.

Sher
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Sher

Forgot to add that a second, young man also reached into a lower part of the podium and looked to be disconnecting/unscrewing some cables before removing a box-looking device.

Christian Zionist
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Hillary cheats, lies, steals and kills, she always has, always will,keep her out of our White House

TPR
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TPR

I’m just now getting over to Bill Mitchell’s twitter to catch up on 2 days’ worth. Looks like his opinion is HRC was using a teleprompter!
https://twitter.com/mitchellvii/status/782016046760914944

antarctican
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Of course the vile, genocidal, serial murderer monster cheated. it had all the so-called ‘debate’ questions beforehand. it and/or its team knew (co-conspired) about lester holt’s attacks on Trump as well as its own follow-up attacks piggybacked on holt’s attacks. it used an earpiece to get coaching, and flashed hand signals to co-debater holt. The tablet had multiple capability: to show the monster upcoming questions, to display pat answers/prompts being transmitted by who/whatever was its stage prompter, and a stylus for killery rotten cretin to scribble itself notes.

TPR
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TPR

https://twitter.com/conspiracyic/status/781975695102713859
YT vid clips seen in twitter feeds are now calling it “Podium Gate”! Ha.
The above drawing would explain why several different people went to HRC’s podium at different times (after the debate), taking a part/wires away here & there so as not to look too conspicuous.

TPR
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TPR

In other funny news, some artists took the Apple apple “THINK DIFFERENT” logo & then took the Trump profile from that Trump cloud (that you guys had a contest over) & inserted his profile into the Apple apple logo saying “THINK DIFFERENT” & posted them all over Hollywood, CA! Several photos here w/the story:
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/09/movement-trump-think-different-posters-splash-streets-hollywood/

Mark V Edwards
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Mark V Edwards

If a podium is used in next debate, just before it begins, Trump should switch places and take the one clinton was going to use….that would shake it up bit, don’t you think?

Spuds MacKenzie (@SpudsMcKenzie3)
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Looks like a notepad in one hand and pens in the other.