“Rigid Smile Conceals Fear”: Body Language Expert Analyzes Trump as Hush Money Trial Deliberations Begin

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Donald Trump has forced a “painful” and “rigid” smile in an attempt to conceal “quite high levels of fear or concern” as deliberations in his hush money trial began, a body language expert has said.

The former US president faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, charges which are punishable by up to four years in prison. He has denied all wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty.

The historic deliberations follow Tuesday’s final closing arguments that saw defense lawyer Todd Blanche branding star witness Michael Cohen “the greatest liar of all time” while urging jurors to quickly acquit his client. The first images of Trump in court emerged on Wednesday.

Body language expert Judi James said the former president’s facial expression and muscle response appear to show that the trial and campaigning for the upcoming US election “might be taking its toll” on his energy levels.

The expert told The Mirror: “The yellow of the tie is usually seen as a signal of optimism and creativity although Trump’s facial expression and muscle response suggests the trial and campaigning combined might be taking its toll on his energy levels. His hands are folded in a way to suggest inner calm and poise which is hardly Trump’s style.”

Ms James added: “His jaw and his mouth muscles look slack and rather loose and although his brows are up his eye expression suggests tiredness here.” She also noted how Trump’s smile looks “almost painful, more like a wince than a smile” and appears “rigid” as the case continues.

She added: “His smile is a rictus that seems to require a lot of effort to perform and the way he raises his cheeks and bares his teeth looks almost painful, more like a wince than a smile. If he has to force a smile this rigid and incongruent the suggestion is performed bravado that might actually conceal quite high levels of fear or concern.

The fist in the air comes with a frown and a mouth clamp to suggest resolve and potential victory although his expression as he performs it looks grim.”  It comes as Trump’s former lawyer said there is “zero” chance that he will be acquitted and dodge jail in his trial.

Former White House lawyer Ty Cobb, who represented Trump during the Mueller investigation, told The Daily Beast that the chance of an acquittal is “zero to none” while the odds of a hung jury are “real” but “not likely”. However, he said whether or not Blanche remains on Trump’s legal team is up in the air.

Last year Cobb said that Trump’s defense was weak in the federal case against him for mishandling hundreds of classified documents when he left the Oval Office and refusing to return them – but the former president hit back at the claims to denigrate the lawyer on his platform, Truth Social.

He wrote: “Ty Cobb is a disgruntled former Lawyer, who represented me long ago, and knows absolutely nothing about the Boxes Hoax being perpetrated upon me. His words are angry, nasty, and libelous, only because I did not continue using him (and paying him), and for good reason.”

Meanwhile, a legal whiz has predicted the possible aftermath of Trump’s trial, shedding light on his odds of ending up behind bars. Gregory Germain, a law professor at Syracuse University, told The Mirror: “I think the DA and the Judge are fully invested in obtaining a conviction.

I think the judge will gloss over the legal issues in the jury instructions to allow a conviction by defining the legal issue around the propriety of paying hush money rather than the legality of paying hush money and how that relates to the document’s charges.

“I doubt that there are any Trump supporters on the jury, and I think they are likely very offended by Trump’s conduct in and out of court, and with the unethical behavior. So, even though only one juror is necessary for Trump to obtain a mistrial, and even though it’s a very flawed case, I predict that the jury will convict him.”

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