Friday, November 17, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4124: Jeff Sessions and Russia - Part II - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

This is the second article on this site regarding Jeff Sessions' recent testimony before the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of a crucial portion of the US Attorney General's exchange with Representative Shirley Jackson Lee.

REP. BOB GOODLATTE: (Continuing at 2:39:34): ... The Witness will answer the question.

REP. JACKSON LEE: Yes or no? Does he want to change his testimony in the intelligence committee?

AG SESSIONS: I would just say this - I stand by this testimony at the intelligence committee: "I have never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with the campaign or election in the United States. Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations - by anyone connected with the Trump campaign.

REP. JACKSON LEE: I thank you very much for that. Ahum, I would move to-

AG SESSIONS [over-talking]: What I did say in my opening statement - I explained that when I was asked, ah, in October - just a few weeks ago, when I was asked, ah, about the matter, ah, "Did I have - a- any knowledge of anyone who had, a- talked r-, to the Russians?". I indicated, ahum, m, m -, ah, that I had not recalled, that meeting, when that occurred - but I would have been pleased to have, ah, responded, ah, and explained it if I'd recalled it Ω [2:40:36]. I've tried to be honest about that and give you my best response, ah, and did throughout all the testimony I've given - Miss Lee.

During 2:40:30 - 2:40:31, as Jeff Sessions says, "... but I would have been pleased ...", the Attorney General shakes his head quickly side-to-side, in a clear "No" signal. This is a classic and strong verbal-nonverbal contradictory phenomenon. Whenever the words and the body language contradict each other - it's the body language which reveals the true emotions. Indeed, AG Jeff Sessions would NOT have been pleased to have responded.

Watch this portion of the video several times, as the still image does not capture the dynamic nature of this nonverbal display.

Just a few seconds later (during 2:40:36), after the Attorney General finishes that same sentence, "... but I would have been pleased to have, ah, responded, ah, and explained it if I'd recalled it Ω ...", Jeff Sessions displays a Forward Lip Purse.

A forward lip Purse is a priceless nonverbal tell - for it indicates a clandestine disagreement or a clandestine plan. Amazingly, a forward lip purse is also only made by individuals who feel they are an alpha relative to whom they are dealing. Moreover, it also indicates they believe they have a high probability of success in implementing their plan. It's vital to never confuse the forward lip purse with a lateral lip purse.

Summary: Attorney General Sessions' nonverbal behavior indicates with extremely high probability that he was being deceptive during this portion of his testimony. Furthermore, he has plans which he kept covert during this exchange with the US House Judiciary Committee.

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