Body Language Expert Breaks Down Trump's Behavior After Messy Deposition - Exclusive

It hasn't been an easy week for former President Donald Trump's legal team. A search warrant was issued for his Mar-a-Lago resort home, and the FBI searched his private office, Melania Trump's wardrobe, and even broke open his safe in an attempt to find documents, some of which are believed to be classified (via the New York Post). Of course, Twitter had a field day with the raid and Trump's response to it — not holding back in their commentary.

If documents were found, it's unknown when the public would learn of their whereabouts. However, witnesses reportedly saw FBI agents carrying out boxes. Trump's legal woes did not end there, either. 

He was then deposed as part of an ongoing investigation into his business dealings. During his deposition in New York, he pleaded the Fifth, per CNN. He released a statement that read, "Under the advice of my counsel and for all of the above reasons, I declined to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen under the United States Constitution." The former president was seen exiting the deposition, and a body language expert exclusively broke down his behavior for The List.

Donald Trump is seemingly attempting to assure his fans that all is well

Former President Donald Trump chose to enact his Fifth Amendment rights during a deposition looking into the business practices of his company (via The New York Times). In a statement, Trump shared, "I once asked, 'If you're innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?'" He continued, "Now I know the answer to that question." He said that he was being targeted by lawyers, prosecutors, and the news media, which left him with "no choice."

A video surfaced on Twitter of the former president leaving the deposition, and body language expert Dr. Reneé Carr, a political and corporate advisor for The Problem Solver, gave us an exclusive breakdown of Trump's behavior.

"In an attempt to assure his followers and prove that he is still in control and not defeated, Mr. Trump overly compensated in his body language through his hand gestures," Dr. Carr told The List. "In a back-to-back sequence, Trump held up his fist to show the crowd that he feels strong and that he will 'fight the power.' He then gives a thumbs up to assure onlookers that 'everything will be ok.' He continually waves his hand as a show of casual friendliness to display that he is relaxed and not worried."

Dr. Carr also honed in on Trump's use of the word "orbit" in his statement. She said that the depiction "further uncovers that he views himself as the center of the universe around which all others revolve."