Yesterday, the World learned that at least one additional person attended the 9 June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and Natalia Veselnitskaya. The President's son failed to disclose that Mr. Rinat Akhmetshin was also present. He's a Russian-American lobbyist - as well as a former Soviet counterintelligence officer. He's also is suspected to have continued ties with Russian intelligence.
The video above is a segment of Sean Hannity's interview of Donald Trump Jr.'s from earlier this week. Their entire exchange lasted almost 20 minutes, however, a partial nonverbal analysis of a small, but crucial segment is included below.
HANNITY: You said in a tweet, you would fully cooperate with any investigation
TRUMP JR: Of course
TRUMP JR: hundred percent
HANNITY: Turn over everything that they want - and you feel you already have
TRUMP JR: I b- [stuttering] Yes
HANNITY: Yeah, and you have nothing to hide - you wanna be - that means you'll testify under oath - all of that
TRUMP JR: All of it
Just as Sean Hannity says, "Turn over everything that they want - and you feel you already have", Donald Trump Jr. looks down and to his right. When eye contact diminishes during deception - this is the most common direction of their momentary deviation.
You may have also noticed Donald Trump Jr. blinking with significantly increased frequency and duration. During this particularly long blink, he's also looking straight down (the second most common direction of gaze deviation during deception) - as he says, "Yes".
Immediately after saying, "I b- [stuttering] Yes", Donald Trump Jr. smiles - yet his mouth is asymmetrical (correlative with insincerity) - and of profound importance, he's simultaneously blushing (his blushing is easier to visualize in the dynamic context of the video).
Looking further, you'll also note that Trump Jr. shrugs his shoulders very frequently during this entire interview (indicating very low confidence).
Summary: Donald Trump Jr.'s nonverbal cluster in this short exchange encompasses
Variations of Diminished eye contact including:
- Blinking with increased frequency and duration
- Looking Down to his Right
- Looking Straight Down
- Closing his eyes while saying, "Yes"
- Asymmetrical Smiling
- Blushing while smiling after saying "Yes"
- Very frequent shoulder shrugging throughout this entire interview
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