Attorney General William Barr held a bizarre press conference ahead of the release of the redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report Thursday morning and people are making the same observation.
Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein – the man who appointed, served as a witness for, and oversaw Mueller’s investigation – caught the attention of social media as he stared blankly into space while Barr tacitly cleared President Donald Trump of any wrongdoing.
Check it out:
Attorney General Bill Barr thanks Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein "for his assistance and counsel throughout this process."
— ABC News (@ABC) April 18, 2019
Rosenstein looked like a hostage.
Is it me or does Rod Rosenstein look like he's being held hostage?
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) April 18, 2019
Rod Rosenstein looks like a hostage here. Just sayin'.
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) April 18, 2019
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) April 18, 2019
Rod Rosenstein went to the Chris Christie school of “How to stand there like a hostage.“” pic.twitter.com/v4tKA0GSIi
— Joe Hunt (@joexhunt) April 18, 2019
— Christopher Pawelski (@ChrisPawelski) April 18, 2019
Rod Rosenstein looks comfortable
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) April 18, 2019
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) April 18, 2019
Rod Rosenstein does not look like a man at peace.
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) April 18, 2019
madame tousseau's new rod rosenstein figure looks pretty lifelike
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) April 18, 2019
People have their theories as to what was going through Rosenstein’s head.
Rod Rosenstein looks like he was added later in photoshop pic.twitter.com/xdnmEl8FkR
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) April 18, 2019
Rod Rosenstein is me the moment I realize I left a chocolate bar in a place where my dog can grab it. pic.twitter.com/ylQ4GmmkQe
— Elle Maruska (they/them) (@ellle_em) April 18, 2019
Rod Rosenstein kept swallowing so hard, I thought his Adam's apple was going to break anchor. pic.twitter.com/5rIikkDxSJ
— Jamie Mason (@JamieMason_) April 18, 2019
William Barr has either operated on the brain of Rod Rosenstein and turned him into a Stepford Lawyer, or Barr has his associates holding Rosenstein’s family in an undisclosed location. Breathe Rod, Please Breathe! #BarrCoverUp #MuellerReport pic.twitter.com/EhhvWRuunY
— John B. (@Rigel9000) April 18, 2019
Rod Rosenstein: If you agree with Barr, blink twice pic.twitter.com/rK8bVOUS54
— Manuel Rivera (@OpitaDuck) April 18, 2019
— Andy Carvin (@acarvin) April 18, 2019
Barr also drew the ire of politicos and legal experts for his interpretation of Mueller’s findings.