House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Republican Counsel for the Intelligence Committee Stephen Castor haven't had an easy go of it during these two weeks of public impeachment hearings.
Nunes has delivered little more than conspiracy theories and name-calling in his lackluster rebuttals to Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff's arguments for President Donald Trump's impeachment. The hashtag #DevinNunesIsAnIdiot trended on Twitter for two days straight after the testimony of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Vice Presidential Aide Jennifer Williams.
On Wednesday, after damning testimony from Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, the looks exchanged between Nunes and Castor as the hearing recessed said it all.
How did Sondland's testimony go? Ask Devin Nunes' face. #ImpeachmentHearing https://t.co/tVhW7e81xr— Karl Frisch (@Karl Frisch)1574266307.0
Sondland, who was expected to be one of the witnesses friendlier to Trump, implicated not only the President, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Vice President Mike Pence, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, but Sondland also further confirmed the existence of a quid pro quo: that a White House meeting and investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden had to occur in order to lift a hold on congressionally approved military aid.
Twitter users couldn't help but cackle at the pair's frustration.
The look on Nunes' face as the Sondland testimony took a five minute break is my double rainbow.— Liddle’ Savage (@Liddle’ Savage)1574265883.0
@aravosis @AshaRangappa_ God Blessed America...with that clip.🇺🇸— George Orwell Told Y'all (@George Orwell Told Y'all)1574267305.0
@aravosis https://t.co/9vfV1s3K8p— Polly Sigh (@Polly Sigh)1574266975.0
It wasn't long until people added their own spin to the viral moment.
Imagine being slapped in the face so hard with all the facts that you’ve been saying have been false and you have t… https://t.co/SFmIaBSqoI— Emilia Taylor (@Emilia Taylor)1574288012.0
Nunes' face w/ the curb your enthusiasm theme is everything. #ImpeachmentHearings (credit @WEATHERISHAPPEN) https://t.co/E8ReuAxcZJ— Fried 🦃 Connoisseur (@Fried 🦃 Connoisseur)1574268417.0
Just keep in mind Devin Nunes’ face immediately after Sondland’s opening statement. This, unlike his non-stop effor… https://t.co/fSEWwVdHIF— Steven Beschloss (@Steven Beschloss)1574337624.0
Reporters in the room with Nunes noted that the look didn't last for just a moment.
Nunes left the room for a bit and just returned. I would not say he has the face of a man thinking “this is going terrific."— Paul McLeod (@Paul McLeod)1574264800.0
I just asked @DevinNunes, “what do you think so far? You said there was no quid pro quo. Sondland said there was?”… https://t.co/idhwOPtXc2— David Corn (@David Corn)1574265973.0
With the seventh round of public impeachment hearings underway today, Nunes face isn't likely to lighten up any time soon.