Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein stood with a deadpan expression as Attorney General William Barr briefed reporters ahead of the release of a redacted version of Robert Mueller's report.
And Twitter took note.
Rosenstein was behind Barr as the attorney general told reporters that Muller's report found "no evidence" of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Barr said he and Rosenstein "disagreed" with some of Mueller's legal theories as it relates to instances of possible obstruction by the president.
Rosenstein, who oversaw the Russia probe after then Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself, was often a target of President Donald Trump's disapproval of the probe. So when he stood with Barr on Thursday, barely blinking, the social media jokes began:
why is rod rosenstein looking directly at me— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 18, 2019
Is it me or does Rod Rosenstein look like he's being held hostage?— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) April 18, 2019
Rod Rosenstein does not look like a man at peace.— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) April 18, 2019
Rod Rosenstein looks like he was added later in photoshop pic.twitter.com/xdnmEl8FkR— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) April 18, 2019
Blink twice if you are ok Rod Rosenstein— Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) April 18, 2019
madame tousseau's new rod rosenstein figure looks pretty lifelike— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) April 18, 2019
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Rod Rosenstein looked deadpan as William Barr spoke. And Twitter took note