Yesterday, fired FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Panel. We heard what he said, but what did his body language reveal?
My overall impression was that there was consistency in what Comey said and what his body language revealed. For example, when Comey said he didn’t know or he wasn’t sure, he shrugged his shoulders. And when he denied something then he'd shake his head "no". And the verbal – nonverbal congruency gives you confidence in what he’s saying is truthful.
For a majority of the time, Comey’s hands were interlaced. Every now and again, he rubbed his fingers together, which is a self-soothing gesture. But, he also raised his thumbs up when talking about a memo unclassified. This gravity defining sign suggests high confidence in what he was saying.
Comey's showed veiled signs of anger and disgust. For example, when answering Ms. Feistein’s question about the Flynn issue, Comey leaked anger (eye glare) as he said, “Well, the context and the President’s words led me to that conclusion.”
Blanca Cobb is a WFMY News 2 Contributing Editor, body language expert and keynote speaker/corporate trainer who covers nonverbal communication, psychology and behavior. Follow her @blancacobb. The opinions expressed in this article are exclusively hers.
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