Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Body Language Analysis No. 4387: Donald Trump Welcomes Foreign Interference in US Elections - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




Last week, ABC News released a portion of George Stephanopoulos' extended interview with President Trump. Additional segments were subsequently released. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of the initial video.

Throughout the Oval Office portion of this interview, the President is seated while Stephanopoulos remains standing. Although he has significant home field advantage, this dynamic places Trump at a significant detriment. This is particularly true since Stephanopoulos is shorter and thinner.


George Stephanopoulos also had one or both of his palms facing downward on the Resolute Desk during the majority of this interview. Additionally, Stephanopoulos was leaning mildly-to-moderately forward. This nonverbal posture further up-regulates his status to a relative alpha with the President assuming a relative beta position.

At no time does President Trump point his torso or any other part of his body fully toward Stephanopoulos. Sitting in the most powerful room in the World, with a profound home-field advantage, in the context of the two men being filmed for an interview, Trump's refusal to 'face his problems (here, Stephanopoulos' questions) head-on' sends strong signals of evasiveness, emotional discomfort, weakness, and deception to both his interviewer - and to the world.

George Stephanopoulos, of course, has another advantage. As a journalist, he has the rare experience of becoming accustomed to the Oval Office years prior to this interview during his tenure as the White House Communications Director and Senior Advisor to President Clinton. He also interviewed Presidents G.W. Bush and Barack Obama multiple times in that very room.

Notice too, the volume and tone of Stephanopoulos' speech. Although he questions the President with assertiveness, his vocal qualities tend toward friendliness - causing Trump to lower his guard. In the ensuing days, the President will be partially backpedaling.


Continuing at 0:58, George Stephanopoulos says, "Why does it bother you so much?"

Donald Trump answers, "Ah - because [long pause] it's untrue. I like the truth. You know I'm actually a very honest guy [quick inhale] If I thought they were correct - I [stammer] wouldn't be complaining at all ..."


In rapid succession, Trump looks down to his left, gazes to his center, pauses at length, then looks directly left, and next to his center, then up to his left.

President Trump's slow and hesitant response to this question is conspicuous. His darting gaze indicates that he was - first trying to formulate the syntax to an answer - then he was trying to recall an audio memory/answer to Stephanopoulos' question - and next trying to recall visual memory/answer to this question. These are all indications that the President was scrambling to answer a straightforward question.


Note that just after he says, "I like the truth" and as he is saying, "You know I'm actually a very honest guy" - he looks down and away from Stephanopoulos as he also closes his eyes.

His use of the word, "actually" in this context is also a tell. Properly used, "actually" is used to show contrast, emphasis, and 'in a distinction to'. Stephanopoulos didn't question his honesty here - he just asked (referring to the new poll results), "Why does it bother you so much?". So, why did Trump use the word "actually"? When a person says, "actually" - it's often used as a form of verbal backpedaling - and demonstrative of the speaker's emotional discomfort with their own answer (indicating hedging or deception). Moreover, taken in isolation, an unsolicited defense of one's honesty is a telltale sign of dishonesty. His honesty wasn't being questioned - why is he defending it?

Yet another indication of deception here, (whilst proclaiming his own honesty) - is Trump's audible inhale and very quick segue to his next sentence as he finishes saying, "You know I'm actually a very honest guy". He told a lie and, subconsciously, he wants to cover-up his deception by immediately proceeding to the next sentence. He does so too quickly. A person declaring their honesty (if it were even being questioned) would pause after saying it, letting their declaration (with a confident tone) hang in the air.


Note that during 1:45, the President hesitates before he calls his son a "young man" ("I mean I was reading that my son was gonna to go to jail, thisa [sic] good [pause] young man"). He looks down to his left in quick succession here (1:44, 1:45). This is the quadrant we often look toward when deciding on word choice and syntax. Donald Trump Jr. is 41 years old. Although the term, "young man" is slang, and, as with all slang, it means different things to different people, most of us would not describe a 41-year-old man as a "young man". The President's use of this description (which he has used on multiple occasions) is a psychological ploy attempting to soften public opinion and to excuse his son's alleged behavior.


As the President says, "And then the report comes out" (during 2:16 - 2:17), he rocks forward-and-backward in his chair. This signals the excessive motion of his lower extremities - indicating an adrenaline surge (flight or fight) and significant anxiety. Please watch the video, as this chair rocking dynamic cannot be captured in a still image.

Simultaneously, President Trump also stares into the middle distance while displaying a mild fear expression. His fear is particularly conveyed with his raised inner (medial) eyebrows.


During 2:33 - 2:35, the President gazes up to his left as he says, "I tell ya what, I've seen a lot of things over my life, I don't think in my whole life I've ever called the FBI." Looking up to one's left (more so for right-hand dominant people), is the quadrant to which we look when we're visually recalling an event. This eye gaze dynamic, in this context, indicates with high likelihood, that the President was visually remembering an occasion when he had called the FBI.


During 2:56, as he says, "The FBI director is wrong", he forms his lips in a dramatic configuration. Such hyperbolic mouth movements are quite common with Trump - and for all individuals in settings where they believe they're alpha/hyper-alpha to others who (or about whom) they're speaking. In this context, Trump's alpha projection could either apply to George Stephanopoulos, FBI director Christopher Wray, or both.


Beginning at 2:56, George Stephanopoulos asks, "Your campaign this time around, if foreigners, if Russia, if China, if someone else offers you information on an opponent, should they accept it or should they call the FBI?"

At the precise moment Stephanopoulos says, "Russia", Trump is simultaneously closing his eyes and swallowing hard. Trump's eyelid closure is a form of decreased eye contact - and a nonverbal manifestation of his attempt at distancing himself from the subject of his deception. The President's hard swallow demonstrates his dry and tightened throat triggered by his accompanying anxiety.


A nonverbal tell of profound importance occurs just after Stephanopoulos says, "Your campaign this time around, if foreigners, if Russia, if China, if someone else offers you information on an ..." - Trump displays what is known as a Forward Lip Purse (3:02 - 3:04). A forward lip purse (not to be confused with a Lateral Lip Purse) signals undisclosed disagreement and/or clandestine plans. A person who makes a forward lip purse always perceives themselves to be Alpha relative to those with whom they're interacting. They also believe they have a good chance of success with their plans.


This is Trump's Forward Lip Purse captured during the same split second from an anterior angle (on a different video available via twitter (4:04 - 4:06 https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1138936855573999616)  

Notice also, that the President is looking down to his left during this forward lip purse. This is the quadrant toward which we look when we're choosing our words and formulating syntax. Trump's word choice was telling, "I think maybe you do both. I think you might [pause] wanna listen. I don't - there's nothing wrong with listening..."

On such an important matter - if he truly believed his conduct was lawful, he should not say, "I think", rather he should say, "I know" or simply, "You'd want to listen." But he didn't. He wavered, saying, "I think." Additionally, he used the qualifier, "maybe" - and the slang, "wanna" (psychologically softening any opposition). Note also, his tone as he's says this, especially as he says, "there's nothing wrong with listening...". It's a pleading, rationalizing, whiny tone.

At other times during this video, President Trump makes multiple similar rationalizing and hedging statements with similar vocal tones, such as, "It's not an interference, they have information. I think I'd take it", and "If I thought there was something wrong I'd go maybe to the FBI - if I thought there was something wrong...", and "The FBI doesn't have enough agents to take care of it", and "they all do it, they always have and that's the way it is".


Moreover, just after Donald Trump says, "I think maybe you do both" - the camera view is switched and his expression briefly but clearly conveys a mild-to-moderate level of fear.


During 3:12, just after he says, "If somebody called", Trump exhibits what is known as a Loose Tongue Jut. A loose tongue jut indicates the thought-emotions of: "I've been bad", "I've been caught", "I've done something stupid" (Navarro).

Take care not to confuse a Loose Tongue Jut with a Tight Tongue Jut or a Wide Open Tongue Jut.

Summary: Despite clear and longstanding campaign finance law against such practice - and his subsequent partial backpedaling, President Trump's nonverbal, verbal, and paralanguage behavior displayed in the accompanying video, indicates that not only does Donald Trump believe receiving foreign intelligence on rival politicians is acceptable behavior - but the President is actively communicating with foreign government(s) and/or their surrogates in this capacity and plans to continue doing so.

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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4386: Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump in Churchill's War Room

Body Language Analysis No. 4385: William Barr Testimony - Part II - Senate Judiciary Committee - 1 May 2019

Body Language Analysis No. 4384: William Barr's Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on 1 May 2019 - Part I

Body Language Analysis No. 4383: William Barr's 27 March 2019 Senate Testimony

Body Language Analysis No. 4382: Why is Donald Trump Leaning Forward?

Body Language Analysis No. 4381: Trump 'jokes' about staying in office for "at least for 10 or 14 years"

Body Language Analysis No. 4380: Tiger Woods Wins his first Masters in 14 years

Body Language Analysis No. 4379: Katie Bouman, Black Holes, and Emotional Processing

Body Language Analysis No. 4339: Pre-Confession Interview of Murderer, Chris Watts



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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Body Language Analysis No. 4386: Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump in Churchill's War Room - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)


This image was captured on 4 June 2019, during President Trump's recent visit to the United Kingdom. Here, Donald Trump is seen with his daughter, Ivanka, and others, while touring Winston Churchill's sleeping quarters (a part of the Churchill War Room Museum) located beneath the Treasury building in the Whitehall area of Westminster.

What follows is a nonverbal analysis of this moment.


In this close-up of his face, we can see President Trump's upper and particularly his lower eyelids are tense. His mid-face is dramatically tightened - with his nostrils considerably flared and his 'mustache-area' extremely contracted.

His Jaw is Jutting forward - indicative of an Adrenaline Surge. Simultaneously, his lips are curled inward - covering his teeth with his mouth slightly opened in what is termed, an Inward Lip Roll. An Inward Lip Roll shows an attempt to suppress strong emotions from crescendoing.

In this moment the President's face is projecting considerable anger.


Note the placement of Trump's hands. His thumbs are hooked behind the waist of his pants, gripping his belt. The long-axes of each of his forearms-wrists-hands are directed at his groin. More specifically, his right index finger (the most dominant of all his digits) is also pointing directly at his genital region.

In a very general sense, this body language gesture is an example of a "MAP Surrogate" (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier). More exactly, it's an example of a variation of a Partial Emblematic Slip.

Trump's nonverbal behavior in this moment is dramatic and profoundly out of context. It's a Hyper-Alpha Sexual Display wherein Donald Trump is attempting to project an amalgam of his perceived virility and sexual dominance - along with his anger and sexual aggression.

Moreover, and of profound importance, at no time should sexual expression/sexual projection be accompanied by anger. It's never remotely healthy when these two emotions overlap.


Ivanka's head and neck are bowed. Her shoulders are slumped while her eyes are looking down - fixed and staring - primarily center-down, but slightly to her right. This is the direction of gaze associated with guilt, shame, regret, and sadness. She is caught off-guard and emotionally distressed.


Ivanka is whole-body pointing toward her father. Ivanka's hands are in a Fig-Leaf configuration (also known as Genital Guarding). In this context, this is a deeply-Beta, low-confidence, deferential posture with strong overtones for protection.

Summary: The nonverbal behavior captured in this photograph reflects the stark contrast between the two Trumps' thought-emotions. Donald is Hyper-Alpha - but Ivanka is deeply beta. Donald is pointing at his genitals - while Ivanka is protecting hers. Donald is projecting sexual aggressiveness and anger - yet Ivanka is feeling submissive, shame, and sadness.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4385: William Barr Testimony - Part II - Senate Judiciary Committee - 1 May 2019


Body Language Analysis No. 4384: William Barr's Testimony - Part I - to the Senate Judiciary Committee on 1 May 2019

Body Language Analysis No. 4383: William Barr's 27 March 2019 Senate Testimony

Body Language Analysis No. 4382: Why is Donald Trump Leaning Forward?

Body Language Analysis No. 4381: Trump 'jokes' about staying in office for "at least for 10 or 14 years"

Body Language Analysis No. 4380: Tiger Woods Wins his first Masters in 14 years 

Body Language Analysis No. 4379: Katie Bouman, Black Holes, and Emotional Processing

Body Language Analysis No. 4376: Jacinda Ardern and Donald Trump - a Study in Contrasts

Body Language Analysis No. 4364: Vladimir Putin's and Mohammed bin Salman's High Five at the G20



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Friday, May 10, 2019

Body Language Analysis No. 4385: William Barr Testimony - Part II - Senate Judiciary Committee - 1 May 2019 - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




This is the second nonverbal analysis of Attorney General William Barr's 1 May 2018 testimony. Barr was testifying under oath before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary regarding the Justice Department’s Investigation of Russian Interference with the 2016 US Presidential Election.

Since this appearance, the Barr has refused to appear before the House Judiciary Committee - which was scheduled for 2 May 2019.

In addition, following President Trump’s declaration of executive privilege, the Justice Department declared it will not be complying with the House's subpoena for the full Mueller Report.

What follows is a nonverbal analysis of a second crucial portion of William Barr's Senate testimony and his exchange with Senator Kamala Harris (please see the first of the cross-reference links below for the initial analysis of this series).

KAMALA HARRIS (continuing at 1:39): My question - is in reaching your conclusion - did you personally review all of the underlying evidence?

WILLIAM BARR: Ah, no. We took - a, and accepted -

KAMALA HARRIS (over-talking): Did, did, did -  

WILLIAM BARR (over-talking): We accepted -

KAMALA HARRIS (over-talking): - did Mr. Rosenstein?

WILLIAM BARR (over-talking): - statements. No [quietly]. We accepted the statements in The Report as the factual record. We did not go underneath it - to see whether or not they were accurate. We accepted it as accurate. And made our - made our decision -

KAMALA HARRIS (over-talking): So you accepted, you accepted The Report as the evidence?

WILLIAM BARR: Yes.

KAMALA HARRIS: You did not question or look at the underlying evidence that supports the conclusions in the report? 

WILLIAM BARR: No.

KAMALA HARRIS: Did, ah, Mr. Rosenstein review the evidence that underlines and supports the conclusions in the report? To your knowledge? 

WILLIAM BARR: Not to my knowledge. We accepted the statements in The Report -

KAMALA HARRIS (over-talking): Did anyone in your -

WILLIAM BARR (over-talking): - and the characterization of the evidence as true.

KAMALA HARRIS: Did anyone in your executive office review the evidence supporting The Report?

WILLIAM BARR: No.

KAMALA HARRIS: No. Yet you represented to the American public that the evidence was not, 'sufficient to support an obstruction of justice offense'.


As Barr says, "see" ("We did not go underneath it - to see") during 2:01, he displays a Lip Curl.

A Lip Curl is a signal of:

• Braggadocio
• Bravado
• Hubris
• Bluster

A lip curl often has an accompanying verbal component of a slight lisp (in people who don't otherwise exhibit a lisp) - which can be heard as William Barr says, "see".


A prolonged eyelid closure (prolonged false blinking) is exhibited during 2:13, just as Kamala Harris says, "that supports the" ("You did not question or look at the underlying evidence that supports the conclusions in the report?"). This lasts for a full second. A normal blink has a duration of 0.100 to 0.150 seconds (with some exceptions, as long as 0.400 seconds).

Such long duration blinking is a form of diminished eye contact. In so doing, Barr is momentarily psychologically blocking Harris - and her confrontation.


During 2:15, just after he says, "No", Barr display an expression of Contempt. It's a bit difficult to see from this camera angle - as it's asymmetrically focused on the right (far) side of his face (a contraction and elevation of the right mouth corner and right half of his 'mustache area'). The rotation of his head partially obstructs our view. However, if you view the video at 1/2 and then 1/4 speed, you'll see it more easily. Next, watch it again at regular speed - and it will jump out at you.


A second later, during 2:16, if you look carefully, you'll see Barr clenching his jaw (circled above in red). In this cluster-context, such jaw clenching signals his anxiety. Watch this at 1/4 and 1/2 speeds as well as normal speed.


A Forward Lip Purse is displayed by Barr (2:25) just after Harris asks, "Did, ah, Mr. Rosenstein review the evidence that underlines and supports the conclusions in the report?"

A Forward Lip Purse signals a clandestine plan and/or an undisclosed disagreement. It's only displayed by people who believe they are the alpha person in the exchange. It's also a sign that they believe they have a significant probability of success.


Senator Harris then further focuses her line of questioning. Just after she says, "Did anyone in your executive...", Attorney General Barr displays an Inward Lip Roll (2:33).

An Inward Lip Roll (ILR) is an attempt by our subconscious/edge-of-conscious mind to suppress both the inward crescendo of emotions - as well as their corresponding outward (facial) expressions.


In the next second, we see a Barr display a Lateral Lip Purse (2:34). When a Lateral Lip Purse (LLP) immediately follows an Inward Lip Roll - it's a perfect example of a nonverbal sentence (aka a "Cluster"). In this context, a Lateral Lip Purse tells us that he's deciding on a course of action, and what, exactly, he's going to say regarding the thought-emotion of which he was trying to suppress in the prior second. These nonverbal juxtapositions have an extremely high correlation with deception and clandestine behavior.


Senator Harris then asks, "Did anyone in your executive office review the evidence supporting The Report?" and Barr answers, "No" (2:40 - 2:41) as he barely shakes his head, side-to-side. Yet, immediately following (during 2:41 - 2:42), as Senator Harris says, "No.", he immediately morphs - moving his head up-and-down rapidly, in affirmation. This verbal-nonverbal contradictory behavior is profoundly telling - and indicative of deception.

Please watch this particular behavior at regular speed as well as in slow motion, several times.


A second later, during 2:43, Barr displays a short burst of very rapid blinking. He repeats this during 2:46. This nonverbal behavior is highly correlated with anxiety.


SUMMARY: Attorney General William Barr's nonverbal, verbal, and paralanguage behavior analyzed in this exchange indicates he lied, under oath, to Senator Kamala Harris when he denied that anyone in his executive office had reviewed - at least a portion of - the evidence contained in the Mueller Report.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4384: William Barr's Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on 1 May 2019

Body Language Analysis No. 4383: William Barr's 27 March 2019 Senate Testimony

Body Language Analysis No. 4382: Why is Donald Trump Leaning Forward?

Body Language Analysis No. 4381: Trump 'jokes' about staying in office for "at least for 10 or 14 years"

Body Language Analysis No. 4380: Tiger Woods Wins his first Masters in 14 years

Body Language Analysis No. 4379: Katie Bouman, Black Holes, and Emotional Processing

Body Language Analysis No. 4376: Jacinda Ardern and Donald Trump - a Study in Contrasts

Body Language Analysis No. 4367: Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer Argue in the Oval Office - The Border Wall and Government Shutdown

Body Language Analysis No. 4323: Part II - Trump Putin Helsinki Summit Press Conference


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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Body Language Analysis No. 4384: William Barr's Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on 1 May 2019 - Part I - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




On Wednesday 1 May 2019, Attorney General William P. Barr testified under oath before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary regarding the Department of Justice’s Investigation of Russian Interference with the 2016 Presidential Election. Afterward, the Justice Department announced that the Attorney General would refuse to appear before the House Judiciary Committee - which was scheduled for this morning, 2 May 2019. Moreover, The Justice Department declared it will not be complying with the House's subpoena for the full Mueller Report.

What follows is a nonverbal analysis of a crucial portion of William Barr's Senate testimony.


KAMALA HARRIS (beginning at 0:00): Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Ah, Attorney General Barr, has the President or anyone at the White House ever asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone?

WILLIAM BARR: [lipsmack], Ahum, I wouldn't, I wouldn't, ahum -

KAMALA HARRIS: Yes or no?

WILLIAM BARR (quietly): Could you ah, could you repeat that question?

KAMALA HARRIS: I will repeat it. Has the President or anyone at the White House ever asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone? Yes or no please Sir?

WILLIAM BARR: Ahum [Lipsmack] The President or anybody else?

KAMALA HARRIS: Seems you'd remember something like that - 'nd be able to tell us.

WILLIAM BARR: Yeah, but I'm - I'm trying to [stammer] grapple with the word, 'suggest'. I mean a, a, a, a [stutter] there have been discussions of, of matters out there that ah, they have not asked me to open ah investigation, but -

KAMALA HARRIS: Perhaps they've suggested?

WILLIAM BARR: I don't know - I wouldn't say suggest, I -

KAMALA HARRIS (over-talking): Hinted?

WILLIAM BARR: I don't know

KAMALA HARRIS: Inferred?

KAMALA HARRIS: You don't know?

WILLIAM BARR (very quietly): No.

KAMALA HARRIS: Okay.

 

Just after Senator Harris asks, "Yes or no?" (0:13), we See Attorney General Barr display a Loose Tongue Jut.

A loose tongue jut signals the thought-emotion of:

• I've been bad
• I've been caught
• I've done a stupid thing

Note that this loose tongue jut begins just to the left of the mid-line and sweeps to his left. This additional sweeping dynamic tells us that Barr doesn't believe what he is saying in this particular moment. It's as if he's trying to wipe his mouth clean - attempting to wipe the lie from his lips.


Just after Senator Harris asks, "Yes or no?", we see William Barr display an episode of rapid blinking (0:14 sec). While not indicative of lying directly, rapid blinking - as well as an overall increase in blinking frequency - are reliable signals of heightened anxiety.

Barr the asks Harris, "Could you ah, could you repeat that question?" - in a common stalling tactic. A lying mind needs more time.


Kamala Harris answers, "I will repeat it. Has the President or anyone at the White House ever asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone? Yes or no please Sir?"

Barr then says, "Ahum" and proceeds to show a truncated form of a Forward Lip Purse accompanied by a Feigned Consideration Pout (0:28). As is often the case, we also hear a Lip Smack immediately following this nonverbal cluster - just prior to Barr saying, "the President or anybody else?"

A forward lip purse is a profoundly valuable indicator of a clandestine plan and/or an undisclosed disagreement. In this example, it's not fully formed because it's interrupted by his lip smack. Those individuals who display a forward lip purse have the belief that they are THE highest alpha-dog in the room. Moreover, they also believe that they have a good chance of successfully implementing and executing their plan. Whenever you see a forward lip purse - protect your flanks!

A lip smack is a sign of high confidence - here it's an amplifying signal - showing us Barr's confidence in the belief of his ability to successfully execute his plan.

At 0:31, we see Barr show a partial expression of Fear.


Just as Senator Harris says, "Seems" ("Seems you'd remember something like that - 'nd be able to tell us", 0:32), we see Barr slip for a split second to a deeper level of fear - displayed in a subtle, yet highly significant microexpression.

Pay close attention to the corners of Barr's mouth. Watch this portion of the video at regular speed, at 1/2 speed, at 1/4 - and then again at regular speed. Repeat this cycle several times. Such practice will improve your ability to spot this and other microexpressions in real time (and, of course, when no video is available). 


As he says, "grapple with the word", Barr's torso shifts back and forth (side-to-side) in his chair as he straightens his back and momentarily grows taller (0:36 - 0:37). This is another anxiety display - reminiscent of what a student may do in the principal's office - sitting at attention - and trying to appear to be above reproach. 

His use of the word "grapple" (a synonym for wrestle and struggle), while to some may appear melodramatic - in this context, it's a profound statement analysis/paralanguage tell for his inability to escape Senator Harris' questioning. 

Note immediately afterward, Barr also stutters, "I mean a, a, a, a - ", in another indication of his anxiety.


During 0:40 - 0:41, as he says, "of, of matters out there", he gestures loosely toward the ceiling with his right arm and hand in a palm-down, fingers splayed illustrator. This is an attempt on Barr's part to dismiss any suggestion of Harris' - with an air of non-seriousness (e.g., 'We may have briefly mentioned it - but only in passing').



During 0:44, as the Attorney General says, (with extra emphasis) "asked me" ("that ah, they have not asked me to open ah investigation"), the split screen shows us the following three expressions:

Senator Harris is displaying a Lateral Lip Purse along with a tensed Partial Eyelid Closure (a 'Squint'). This nonverbal cluster is a classic indication of a rebuffing of another person's attempted deception. Barr is lying and Harris knows it. She's not buying what he's selling.

Senator Booker's expression is an amalgam of a Suppressed Smile ('We caught you lying') along with suppressed Anger (Note his lips are thinned and nearly horizontal, increased tension in his 'mustache area', along with flared nostrils).

Helaine Greenfeld, seated behind Senator Harris, is displaying a more full expression of Anger with a secondary component of Disgust.


During 0:46 - 0:47, just prior to and during Barr saying, "but" ("that ah, they have not asked me to open ah investigation, but -"), he nods his head up-and-down, in a classic affirmation illustrator. FULL STOP. This dynamic simply screams deception. When a person is nodding 'yes' - simultaneous with a verbal denial - they are lying.

Please watch this portion of the video - as the dynamics are impossible to capture on a still image.


During 0:51, as he says, "I don't know", Barr shrugs both of his shoulders, which in this context is signaling:

• I don't care
• What does it matter?
• What could I do?

Barr once again displays a Feigned Consideration/Pout, just after Senator Harris asks, "Inferred?"
(0:53).

Note that at the very end of this exchange, when Senator Harris asks Barr, "You don't know?", his answer ("No") is so quiet as to be almost inaudible. Barr's near whisper is screaming with low confidence.

SUMMARY: Nonverbal, verbal, and statement analysis of the above-described portion of the video indicate that Attorney General William Barr lied to Senator Kamala Harris yesterday during his sworn testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Specifically, President Trump and/or other individuals at the White House have indeed asked and/or suggested to William Barr that the Justice Department open one or more investigation(s).


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4383: William Barr's 27 March 2019 Senate Testimony 

Body Language Analysis No. 4382: Why is Donald Trump Leaning Forward?

Body Language Analysis No. 4381: Trump 'jokes' about staying in office for "at least for 10 or 14 years"

Body Language Analysis No. 4380: Tiger Woods Wins his first Masters in 14 years

Body Language Analysis No. 4379: Katie Bouman, Black Holes, and Emotional Processing

Body Language Analysis No. 4378: William Barr questioned regarding The Mueller Report (on 9 April 2019 before the House)

Body Language Analysis No. 4376: Jacinda Ardern and Donald Trump - a Study in Contrasts

Body Language Analysis No. 4340: Ruby Rose gets Emotional regarding her new Role as Batwoman

Body Language Analysis No. 4299: Bill Clinton confronted regarding Monica Lewinsky Affair


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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Body Language Analysis No. 4383: William Barr's 27 March 2019 Senate Testimony - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)



Earlier today, The Washington Post reported that on 27 March 2019 - three days after William Barr released his four-page summary of Robert Mueller's report - Mueller wrote a letter to the Justice Department. He complained to the Attorney General that Barr's summary of Mueller's investigation of President Trump “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of his investigation. Robert Mueller followed up the next day with a 15-minute phone call with Barr.

What follows is a nonverbal analysis of a crucial portion of U.S. Attorney General William Barr's Testimony before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (aka 'CJS Subcommittee') on 10 April 2019.

CHRISTOPHER VAN HOLLEN [over-talking, continuing at 1:50:10]: Did, Did Bob Mueller support your conclusion?

WILLIAM BARR: I don't know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion.

CHRISTOPHER VAN HOLLEN: So, in your, in your June Twenty Eighteen memo, you indicated a President can commit Obstruction of Justice in the classic sense - ah, of sabotaging a proceeding's truth-finding functions ...


During 1:50:13 - 1:50:14, as he says, "Bob Mueller supported", the Attorney General scoots forward in his chair. Upon being asked a pointed question, Barr's Chair Squirm/Butt Adjustment is indicative of High Anxiety.


As Senator Van Hollen says, "conclusion" and immediately thereafter (1:50:15), William Barr twice closes his eyes for over a second. This is not at all typical blinking. These pseudo-blinks are blocking behaviors. Barr is Psychologically Distancing himself from what he's saying (and from what he's hearing himself say).


At the end of his statement, "I don't know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion" - Barr intertwines his fingers. This interdigitation signals simultaneously his Anxiety and his attempt at controlling it.

He also raises his elbows and shoulders while momentarily foreshortening his neck (1:50:16 - 1:50:17). This dynamic illustrates Low Emotional Confidence and Anxiety. His upper back muscles are tensing-up as his nervousness crescendos.


He repeats this elbow-lift/shoulder lift/neck shortening during 1:50:18, as Senator Van Hollen says, "June" (1:50:18) - fingers still intertwined.


If we zoom in on Barr, scrutinizing his eyes - overlapping with this moment (1:50:17 - 1:50:18), we see the Attorney General looking down to his right. This is the quadrant to which most people look during stressful emotional moments associated with Sadness, Guilt, and Deception.


During 1:50:18, as Senator Van Hollen says, "Twenty" ("June Twenty Eighteen"), Barr displays a classic Disgust expression.


A second later (1:50:19), as Senator Van Hollen says, "Eight" ("June Twenty Eighteen memo"), Attorney General Barr's Disgust morphs into Contempt.

Please view this portion of the video at regular speed, then at 1/2, at 1/4 - and then again at regular speed. Repeat this cycle several times to capture the full dynamics and the nuance of each expression.


SUMMARY: Taken in toto, William Barr's above-described body language cluster is highly indicative of deception. The nonverbal behavior in this exchange completely supports the implication in today's Washington Post that the United States Attorney General lied during his sworn testimony to Congress.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4382: Why is Donald Trump Leaning Forward?


Body Language Analysis No. 4381: Trump 'jokes' about staying in office for "at least for 10 or 14 years"


Body Language Analysis No. 4380: Tiger Woods Wins his first Masters in 14 years

Body Language Analysis No. 4379: Katie Bouman, Black Holes, and Emotional Processing 

Body Language Analysis No. 4378: William Barr questioned before House Subcommittee regarding The Mueller Report 

Body Language Analysis No. 4377: Donald Trump, "These aren't people, these are animals"

Body Language Analysis No. 4354: Mass Shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue

Body Language Analysis No. 4332: Richard Nixon, Nikita Khrushchev, and The Kitchen Debate


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