THE DON JONES INDEX…

 

GAINS POSTED in GREEN

  LOSSES POSTED in RED

 

            5/7/18…  15,738.92

          4/30/18…  15,650.20

          6/27/13…  15,000.00

      

(THE DOW JONES INDEX:  5/7/18… 24,261.51; 4/30/18… 24,311.19; 6/27/13… 15,000.00)

 

LESSON for May 7, 2018 – QUESTIONS (and QUESTIONS about QUESTIONS)!

 

It’s easy to criticize, deplore or make fun of President Trump.  Liberals and conservatives alike can acknowledge that his regime has been “entertaining”… he is, after all, an entertainer.  And he may yet be gonged by Special Prosecutor Mueller, by pornstar Stormy Daniels, by North Korea’s Kim or any of thousands of other adversaries.  His popularity index remains below 50%.

And yet the President, after one year in office, has achieved a growth rate that is higher than Obama was able to achieve in eight years.  Inflation, while starting to crawl upwards, remains at a historic low while… just this week… unemployment fell below four percent for the first time since the Clinton administration while the GDP, reaching upwards, finally struck crashed through the selfsame four percent glass ceiling, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta..    “The last year Trump was in office,” conservative Heritage Foundation grantee Stephen Moore contends in The Hill… presumably meaning Obama… “the economy grew by 1.6 percent, which is barely staying out of inflation.”

 

Moore cites a survey of manufacturers that finds “more than 90 percent are bullish about the future. There are now an estimated 6 million more jobs than available workers with the skills to fill them.”

Mexicans?  Chinese?  Robots?  The anti-Trump Washington Post reports that some blue collar workers are now getting signing bonuses of up to $25,000. “Who do these workers think they are?” Moore scoffs… after all, Heritage signs his paychecks, “Derek Jeter?”

“Would (liberals) ask the 5 million workers who’ve gotten bonuses and pay hikes to give the money back? Would they rather that Apple not bring $300 billion back to America? Would they prefer that Walmart and Costco not raise their minimum salaries to $13 an hour?

“Would they take America back to the highest corporate tax rate in the world? Would they rather the stock market give up the $7 trillion in increased wealth since Trump was elected? If the Democrats take back Congress, do they intend to raise taxes on 26 million small businesses? Inquiring voters want to know.”

But, aside from the hundred million plus wage slaves as did not get bonuses and raises, some of these… as still uphold the disloyal opposition and its fake media… are briefly and deferentially inquiring about Federal and personal indebtedness.  (The latter also crossed a threshold according to debtclock.org, it’s now more than 70 trillion simoleons (or $214,000 for every US citizen ). Trump, according to the lyin’ New York Times, has a solution for that, too.  Today, it was reported that he has floated a $15 billion spending cut by axing thirty programs serving the poor and the powerless… the most notable of these being the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a key bargaining chip in the bipartisan resolution that, last month, prevented another government shutdown.

 “Let’s be honest about what this is: President Trump and Republicans in Congress are looking to tear apart the bipartisan [CHIP], hurting middle-class families and low-income children, to appease the most conservative special interests and feel better about blowing up the deficit to give the wealthiest few and biggest corporations huge tax breaks,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said.

It gets worse for the White House.  Senate Majority Leader McConnell is reportedly apopleptic over the scheme… not necessarily because he’s a champion of poor, mostly minority children, but because he shook on the deal with Schumer and the Democrats and, whatever voters might think of his priorities, he desires to be portrayed as a man of his word.

Republicans control a large majority of votes in the House, the Times noted, “but their margin in the Senate is razor thin. They might need support from Democrats to approve the spending cuts,” and it might come down to the ability of ailing Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to rise from his sickbed to case the deciding vote that will, at least, give Vice President Pence an opportunity to consign those sick kids to hell.

Probably a few weeks before the midterm elections…

“If approved by Congress,” the Times noted, “the reductions would represent less than 0.4 percent of total government spending this year.”

So much for issues.  What Don Jones really wanted to inquire about… or, at least, what the major and fringe media alike presumed he wants to be informed about… was the widening swamp of scandal that now includes the Mueller investigation, Stormy (and whether her jibes on Saturday Night Live augur the blossoming of yet more Trump-fertilized bimbo weeds), those evil Russians, the rotating Automat parade of lawyers, the wacky Trump extended family and… oh yes, that nut in Korea.

And, as if ordered from an ancient menu, Washington served up yet more cups of leaky delicacies… in this instance, some proposed and purported 48 (or 50? Or 42?) questions that Mueller would (allegedly) like to ask POTUS.  Fox News broke the list and the Times doubled down by commissioning Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Matt Apuzzo, co-author of the book “Enemies Within,”and Michael S. Schmidt, “a Washington correspondent covering national security and federal investigations” to add commentary/explanations of the implications of each.

Subsequent to the leaks, even robust Republicans continued to urge caution... telling the media that firing Mueller (despite release of a House GOP memo declaring the whole investigation a sham) would be a Nixonian mistake.  Most also agreed that it would be an almost equally terrible idea for Trump to submit to Mueller’s inquiries... these, or others.

Today, a former Trump aide told Newsweek that he has warned the president to stay “far, far away” from Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, stating that the special counsel’s team already knew all the answers when he was questioned last week.  The President’s lawyers... when not, like Rudy Giuliani, giving credence to the Stormy sex scandals that Mueller has, so far, ignored... have also cautioned against it.

“I think the president should stay far, far away from the Mueller investigation,” Michael Caputo, a former communications adviser during Trump’s successful campaign told CNN on Sunday. “These folks are very well prepared. Every question they asked me, they already had the answers to.”  Caputo hinted that seeking to prove collusion between the campaign and Russia was no longer the focus.

 “I think I see a little bit more about where they’re headed with this thing, and if the president were sitting in the same situation I was in, I wouldn’t think he would want to do it,” he said. "They may still be looking for collusion, but I don’t believe they’re finding any of it, and I think they’re going to try in another direction with this to try and get to (DJI italicization) the president.”

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser took time out from their volcano coverage to solicit remarks from celebrity attorney Alan Dershowitz, who said that recent developments are aiding the efforts of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating contacts between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russia, as well as possible obstruction of justice.

“It seems to me that the approach last week of the Trump team plays into the hands of Mueller’s tactic to try, at any cost, to try to find technical violations against lower-ranking people so that they can be squeezed,” said Dershowitz.

Even Trump media stalwarts Breitbart and Info Wars withheld editorial comment on the questions, stating only that the President had tweeted that they were “disgraceful”. 

Their peanut galleries, however, were not so reticent.

BB’s “GG” fingered Comey and Clapper as the leakers, calling the Mueller team “a pack of wolves herding a hapless goat into a death trap” and recommending: “Mueller, Comey and Clapper can all share a cell at GITMO - they are snake oil salesmen. This "investigation" has wasted enough tax payer dollars. There never should have been a special investigator other than one appointed to put Clinton and her conspirators in jail.”

The Times’ own HG contends that “Robert Mueller has obviously made Trump a nervous wreck. His professional no nonsense investigation is the polar opposite of Trump`s endless series of lies and misinformation; and since every ploy has failed miserably it is now down to whether the Liar-In-Chief dares to actually sit down face to face with a man who scares him to death. One can see Trump`s lawyers trying desperately to convince an egomaniac that Mueller knows the truth; and one lie under oath will be the end of this lunatic administration. The end is near Donald!”

 

But right-leaning peanuts like a self-designated, linguistically challenged (perhaps Russian?) Info Wars “Deplorable” posted: “Comrades Mueller and Comey are going down in history as traitors and co-conspirators to the prima facia attempted pre- and post- political coup against Trump!

“All Trump’s base are belong To U.S.!”

Another stated that “FBI IS A CRIMINAL MAFIA!” and, in addition to Mueller’s minions, advised that the FBI, CIA and ATF be shut down.  “MUELLER is why we have so many missing people and missing children in USA today....” charged one and (perhaps reviving Pizzagate) specified: “The FBI can not keep secret it's top most boondoggle, and spends more time and money on chasing Russians than they do SAVING KIDS.”

And, for coverage of the discrepancies between the Fox and NYT versions of the questions, Don Jones would have had to delve deep into IW’s PG before finding a post from “AT” asking: “Has anyone seen the 'original' list of questions? NYT doesn't seem to provide an actual snapshot, and deliberately avoided any verbatim. Why did they do that?”

Why indeed?

 

In the interests of fairness and balance, the DJI will now reprint the questions as proffered by both media organs – the Fox summary in RED and that of the Times in BLUE, so that Don Jones may take note of the slight (but potentially serious) variations in the leaked documents.

Despite much speculation, the leakers have not yet been identified.

 

On former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn:

What is your knowledge of calls that Gen. Flynn made with [former Russian ambassador Sergei] Kislyak late December 2016?

·         What did you know about phone calls that Mr. Flynn made with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, in late December 2016?

These questions revolve around whether Mr. Trump tried to obstruct justice to protect Mr. Flynn from prosecution. His phone calls with Mr. Kislyak are at the heart of that inquiry.

During the calls, Mr. Flynn urged Russia not to overreact to sanctions just announced by the Obama administration. But Mr. Trump’s aides publicly denied that sanctions were discussed and, when questioned by the F.B.I., Mr. Flynn denied it, as well. Mr. Mueller wants to know whether Mr. Flynn was operating on Mr. Trump’s behalf. Prosecutors may already know the answer: Mr. Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying and is cooperating with investigators.

What is your reaction to press accounts Jan. 12, 2017, Feb. 8-9 2017? 

·         What was your reaction to news reports on Jan. 12, 2017, and Feb. 8-9, 2017?

In January, the Washington Post columnist David Ignatius revealed Mr. Flynn’s phone calls with Mr. Kislyak. Mr. Ignatius questioned whether those conversations had violated a law prohibiting private citizens from attempting to undermine American policies. In February, The Washington Post revealed the true nature of Mr. Flynn’s conversations with Mr. Kislyak.

Mr. Mueller wants to know, among other things, whether Mr. Trump feared that his national security adviser had broken the law and then tried to shield him from consequences.

What did you think and what did you know regarding Sally Yates’ meetings on Jan 26-27 regarding Gen. Flynn?

·         What did you know about Sally Yates’s meetings about Mr. Flynn?

Ms. Yates, the acting attorney general for the first weeks of the Trump administration, twice warned the White House that Mr. Flynn was lying, and those lies made him vulnerable to Russian blackmail. No one from the White House has ever said how much Mr. Trump knew about those warnings.

How was the decision made to request the resignation of Gen. Flynn on Feb. 13?

·         How was the decision made to fire Mr. Flynn on Feb. 13, 2017?

Eighteen days after Ms. Yates’s warning, Mr. Flynn was asked to resign. The White House said that Mr. Trump lost confidence in Mr. Flynn because he had lied. But the White House has never fully explained why, after learning about the lie, officials waited so long to act.

After Gen. Flynn resigned, what calls or efforts were made by people associated with you to reach out to Gen. Flynn or to discuss Flynn seeking immunity or possible pardon?

·         After the resignations, what efforts were made to reach out to Mr. Flynn about seeking immunity or possible pardon?

The Times recently revealed that, when Mr. Flynn began considering cooperating with the F.B.I., Mr. Trump’s lawyers floated the idea of a pardon. Mr. Mueller wants to know why.

 

On fired FBI Director James Comey:

What was the President’s view of James Comey during the Transition with respect to job performance?

·         What was your opinion of Mr. Comey during the transition?

The questions about Mr. Comey relate to whether Mr. Trump fired Mr. Comey last year to shield Mr. Flynn, or anyone else, from prosecution. Mr. Trump has denied that, saying he fired Mr. Comey because of his mishandling of the F.B.I.’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

This question is important because, if Mr. Trump truly was upset about the Clinton investigation, he would have shown an early distaste for Mr. Comey.

What did the President think and do in reaction to James Comey’s briefing on January 6, including the intelligence community assessment? 

·         What did you think about Mr. Comey’s intelligence briefing on Jan. 6, 2017, about Russian election interference?

The briefing revealed that American intelligence agencies had concluded that Russian operatives meddled in the election to hurt Mrs. Clinton and to boost Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on these conclusions and said he believes the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, who denies any interference.

What was the President’s reaction to Comey when they met alone regarding what they called other ICA matters (the Steele Dossier)? Also, what was discussed [regarding] ancillary reports?

·         What was your reaction to Mr. Comey’s briefing that day about other intelligence matters?

This question addresses documents written by a retired British spy, Christopher Steele, who said that Russia had gathered compromising information on Mr. Trump. The documents, which became known as the Steele Dossier, also claim that the Trump campaign had ties to the Russian government. Mr. Comey privately briefed Mr. Trump about these documents.

What was the purpose of the Jan. 27 dinner meeting you had with Comey?  (Consolidated)

Was loyalty discussed? Did you communicate with Comey concerning his status at the end of the dinner? What was your knowledge of the Gen. Flynn and Russia investigation in days leading up to the March 20 testimony of Comey before House Intel Committee?

·         What was the purpose of your Jan. 27, 2017, dinner with Mr. Comey, and what was said?

A few weeks after his briefing, Mr. Comey was called to the White House for a private dinner. Mr. Comey’s notes say that Mr. Trump raised concerns about the Steele Dossier and said he needed loyalty from his F.B.I. director. This question touches on Mr. Trump’s true motivation for firing Mr. Comey: Was he dismissed because he was not loyal and would not shut down an F.B.I. investigation?

What was the purpose of the meeting with James Comey on Feb. 14 after the Homeland Security briefing?

What did you say to Comey about Gen. Flynn?  (Consolidated.  Out of Order.  Fox placed these two questions in Flynn section)

·         What was the purpose of your Feb. 14, 2017, meeting with Mr. Comey, and what was said?

That was a key moment. Mr. Comey testified that the president told him, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.” Mr. Trump has denied this.

What did you think and what did you do in reaction to the Comey testimony on March 20 before House Intel Committee?

·         What did you know about the F.B.I.’s investigation into Mr. Flynn and Russia in the days leading up to Mr. Comey’s testimony on March 20, 2017?

Mr. Comey’s testimony publicly confirmed that the F.B.I. was investigating members of the Trump campaign for possible coordination with Russia. Mr. Mueller wants to know what role that revelation played in Mr. Comey’s firing.

·         What did you do in reaction to the March 20 testimony? Describe your contacts with intelligence officials.

In the aftermath, The Post reported, Mr. Trump asked the United States’ top intelligence official, Daniel Coats, to pressure Mr. Comey to back off his investigation. Mr. Mueller wants to ask Mr. Trump about his contacts with Mr. Coats as well as the C.I.A.’s director at the time, Mike Pompeo, and the National Security Agency’s director, Michael S. Rogers. The conversations could reflect Mr. Trump’s growing frustration with Mr. Comey — not about the Clinton case, but about his refusal to shut down the Russia inquiry.

Describe outreach to Intel chiefs [Mike] Rogers, [Mike] Pompeo, and [Dan] Coates? 

What did you say to them? 

What was the purpose of the reach-out on March 22, 25 and 27?  (Consolidated)

·         What did you think and do in reaction to the news that the special counsel was speaking to Mr. Rogers, Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Coats?

It is not clear whether Mr. Mueller knows something specific about Mr. Trump’s reaction to these interviews, but the question shows that Mr. Mueller is keenly interested in how Mr. Trump responded to each step of his investigation.

What was the purpose of your calls to Comey on March 30 and April 11? 

·         What was the purpose of your calls to Mr. Comey on March 30 and April 11, 2017?

Mr. Comey said that Mr. Trump called twice to ask him to say publicly that he was not under F.B.I. investigation. In the second call, Mr. Comey said, the president added: “I have been very loyal to you, very loyal. We had that thing, you know.”

What was the purpose of your calls to Comey on March 30 and April 11? 

·         What was the purpose of your April 11, 2017, statement to Maria Bartiromo?

While the White House ultimately said Mr. Comey was fired for breaking with Justice Department policy and discussing the Clinton investigation, Mr. Trump expressed no such qualms in an interview with Ms. Bartiromo of Fox Business Network. “Director Comey was very, very good to Hillary Clinton, that I can tell you,” he said. “If he weren’t, she would be, right now, going to trial.”

What did you think and what did you do regarding the May 3 Comey testimony before the Senate Intel Committee?

·         What did you think and do about Mr. Comey’s May 3, 2017, testimony?

In this Senate appearance, Mr. Comey described his handling of the Clinton investigation in detail. Mr. Comey was fired soon after. Mr. Mueller’s question suggests he wants to know why Mr. Trump soured.

Regarding the decision to terminate Comey, when was it made, why was it made, who on your staff played a role in decision, and how was it determined to make it public?

·         Regarding the decision to fire Mr. Comey: When was it made? Why? Who played a role?

Over the past several months, Mr. Mueller has asked White House officials for the back story, and whether the public justification was accurate. He will be able to compare Mr. Trump’s answers to what he has learned elsewhere.

What did you mean to communicate during your May 10 meeting with Kislyak and [Sergey] Lavrov (concerning ‘pressure off’ and ‘nutcase’)?

·         What did you mean when you told Russian diplomats on May 10, 2017, that firing Mr. Comey had taken the pressure off?

The day after Mr. Comey’s firing, Mr. Trump met with Russian officials in the Oval Office. There, The Times revealed, Mr. Trump suggested he had fired Mr. Comey because of the pressure from the Russia investigation.

 “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

What did you mean regarding your statements to Lester Holt regarding Comey and Russia?

·         What did you mean in your interview with Lester Holt about Mr. Comey and Russia?

Shortly after firing Mr. Comey, Mr. Trump undercut his own argument when he told NBC News that he had been thinking about the Russia investigation when he fired Mr. Comey.

I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it. And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself — I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won.  

What was the purpose of May 12 tweet that Comey better hope there are no tapes?

·         What was the purpose of your May 12, 2017, tweet?

After The Times revealed the president’s private dinner with Mr. Comey, Mr. Trump responded on Twitter.

Mr. Comey appeared unworried. “Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” Mr. Comey said. The White House ultimately said that, no, there were no tapes.

What did you think and what did you do about the Comey June 8, 2017 testimony regarding Gen. Flynn?  (Out of Order.  Fox placed this questions in Flynn section)

·         What did you think about Mr. Comey’s June 8, 2017, testimony regarding Mr. Flynn, and what did you do about it?

After he was fired, Mr. Comey testified about his conversations with Mr. Trump and described him as preoccupied with the F.B.I.’s investigation into Russia. After the testimony, Mr. Trump called him a liar.

What was the purpose of the September and October press statements, including tweets, regarding an investigation of Comey? Also, Sarah Sanders statements regarding same?

·         What was the purpose of the September and October 2017 statements, including tweets, regarding an investigation of Mr. Comey?

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said that Mr. Comey had testified falsely to Congress and suggested that the Justice Department might investigate. Mr. Trump followed up with tweets suggesting that he should be investigated for rigging an inquiry into Mrs. Clinton. Such comments reinforced criticism that Mr. Trump views the Justice Department as a sword to use against his political rivals.

What was the reason for your continued criticism of Comey and McCabe, even till today?

·         What is the reason for your continued criticism of Mr. Comey and his former deputy, Andrew G. McCabe?

Mr. Comey and Mr. McCabe are among Mr. Trump’s favorite targets. Mr. McCabe is a lifelong Republican, but Mr. Trump has criticized him as a Clinton loyalist because Mr. McCabe’s wife, a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully for office in Virginia and received donations from a Clinton ally. This question suggests that Mr. Mueller wants to know whether Mr. Trump’s criticism is an effort to damage the F.B.I. while it investigates the president’s associates.

 

On Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

What did you think and what did you do regarding AG Sessions recusal?

·         What did you think and do regarding the recusal of Mr. Sessions?

Mr. Trump has criticized Mr. Sessions’s recusal from the Russia investigation. The Times reported that Mr. Trump humiliated him in an Oval Office meeting and accused him of being disloyal. Mr. Sessions ultimately submitted his resignation, though Mr. Trump did not accept it. Along with the next two questions, this inquiry looks at whether Mr. Trump views law enforcement officials as protectors.

What efforts did you make to try to get him to change his mind and reverse?

·         What efforts did you make to try to get him to change his mind?

The Times has reported that Mr. Trump told his White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, to stop Mr. Sessions from recusing himself. Mr. McGahn was unsuccessful, and Mr. Trump erupted, saying he needed an attorney general who would protect him.

Did you have a discussion about whether the AG was going protect him and reference other AG’s?

·         Did you discuss whether Mr. Sessions would protect you, and reference past attorneys general?

Mr. Trump has spoken affectionately about past attorneys general who he said were loyal to their presidents. He cited Robert F. Kennedy and Eric H. Holder Jr. as examples. “Holder protected the president,” he said in a Times interview in December. “And I have great respect for that.”

What did you think and what did you do in reaction to the news of the appointment of the Special Counsel? – Including your reaction to AG Session’s resignation?

·         What did you think and what did you do in reaction to the news of the appointment of the special counsel?

In a twist, Mr. Mueller’s very appointment has become part of his investigation. Mr. Trump has repeatedly denounced the inquiry as a “witch hunt.” Mr. Trump blames the appointment on Mr. Sessions’s recusal.

What was the purpose of holding AG Sessions resignation until May 31 and with whom did you discuss it?

·         Why did you hold Mr. Sessions’s resignation until May 31, 2017, and with whom did you discuss it?

Mr. Trump rejected Mr. Sessions’s resignation after aides argued that it would only create more problems. The details of those discussions remain unclear, but Mr. Trump’s advisers have already given Mr. Mueller their accounts of the conversations.

What discussions did you have with Reince Priebus in July 2017 about obtaining the Sessions resignation?  (Out of Order)

With whom did you discuss obtaining the AG’s resignation?  (Consolidated)

·         What discussions did you have with Reince Priebus in July 2017 about obtaining the Sessions resignation? With whom did you discuss it?

Mr. Priebus, who was Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, has said he raced out of the White House after Mr. Sessions and implored him not to resign. Mr. Mueller has interviewed Mr. Priebus and would be able to compare his answers with those of Mr. Trump.

What consideration and discussion did you have regarding terminating the Special Counsel in June of 2017? 

·         What discussions did you have regarding terminating the special counsel, and what did you do when that consideration was reported in January 2018?

Again, Mr. Mueller’s investigation intersects with its own existence. The Times reported that, in June 2017, Mr. Trump ordered Mr. McGahn to fire Mr. Mueller. Mr. McGahn refused. Though Mr. Trump’s own advisers informed Mr. Mueller about that effort, Mr. Trump denied it: “Fake news,” he said. “A typical New York Times fake story.”

What was the purpose of the public criticism of Sessions via tweets during July 2017?

·         What was the purpose of your July 2017 criticism of Mr. Sessions?

Mr. Trump unleashed a series of attacks on Mr. Sessions in July.

 

On the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between campaign associates and Russian figures:

What did you think and what did you know about the June 9, 2016 meeting in Trump Tower and that it might be disclosed?

What knowledge did you have regarding the June 9 Trump Tower meeting? When did you become aware of the meeting?  (Consolidated.  Out of Order)

·         When did you become aware of the Trump Tower meeting?

This and other questions relate to a June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who offered political dirt about Mrs. Clinton. Mr. Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., arranged the meeting. He said he did not tell his father about it when it happened.

What involvement did you have in the communication strategy regarding the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting and the release of Don Jr.’s emails concerning same?

·         What involvement did you have in the communication strategy, including the release of Donald Trump Jr.’s emails?

When The Times found out about the meeting, Mr. Trump helped draft a misleading statement in his son’s name, omitting the true purpose of the meeting. After The Times obtained the younger Mr. Trump’s emails, he published them on Twitter.

During a 2013 trip to Russia, what communication and relationships did you have with the Agalarovs and any Russian government officials?   (Out of Order)

·         During a 2013 trip to Russia, what communication and relationships did you have with the Agalarovs and Russian government officials?

The Trump Tower meeting was arranged through the Russian singer Emin Agalarov, his billionaire father, Aras Agalarov, and a music promoter. Mr. Mueller is scrutinizing the nature of connections between the Agalarovs, Mr. Trump and Russian officials.

What interaction and communication did you have with Michael Cohen, Felix Sater, and others, including foreign nationals, regarding real estate developments in Russia during the period of the campaign?

·         What communication did you have with Michael D. Cohen, Felix Sater and others, including foreign nationals, about Russian real estate developments during the campaign?

Mr. Mueller is referring to a failed effort to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Mr. Sater, a business associate, proposed the idea to Mr. Cohen, the longtime personal lawyer to Mr. Trump. Emails show that Mr. Sater believed that the project would showcase Mr. Trump’s deal-making acumen and propel him into the presidency.

What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding any meeting with Putin? 

·         What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding any meeting with Mr. Putin? Did you discuss it with others?

Journalists and lawmakers have uncovered several examples of Russian officials trying, through intermediaries, to arrange a meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin. Senior campaign officials rejected some overtures, but Mr. Trump’s involvement has been a mystery.

What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding US Sanctions toward Russia?

·         What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding Russian sanctions?

Even as the Obama administration stepped up sanctions on Russia, Mr. Trump struck a laudatory tone toward Mr. Putin.

Did you discuss either meeting with Putin or US sanctions with others?

NYT did not specifically include this question, nor a reply.  May be applicable to above.

What knowledge or involvement did you have concerning platform changes regarding arming Ukraine?

·         What involvement did you have concerning platform changes regarding arming Ukraine?

A portion of the Republican platform was changed in a way more favorable to Russia.

During the campaign, what knowledge or information did you have regarding Russian hacking, use of social media or other acts aimed at the campaign? 

·         During the campaign, what did you know about Russian hacking, use of social media or other acts aimed at the campaign?

This is a key question. Mr. Trump praised the release of hacked Democratic emails and called on Russia to find others. Mr. Mueller’s investigation has unearthed evidence that at least one member of Mr. Trump’s campaign — George Papadopoulos — was told that Russia had obtained compromising emails about Mrs. Clinton. But Mr. Trump has repeatedly said there was “no collusion” with the Russian government

What knowledge did you have of any outreach by members or former members of your campaign to Russia offering potential assistance to the campaign? NOTE: specifically mentioned [Paul] Manafort.

·         What knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign?

This is one of the most intriguing questions on the list. It is not clear whether Mr. Mueller knows something new, but there is no publicly available information linking Mr. Manafort, the former campaign chairman, to such outreach. So his inclusion here is significant. Mr. Manafort’s longtime colleague, Rick Gates, is cooperating with Mr. Mueller.

What knowledge did you have of communication with or regarding Roger Stone, persons associated with Roger Stone, Julian Assange, or Wikileaks?

·         What did you know about communication between Roger Stone, his associates, Julian Assange or WikiLeaks?

Mr. Stone, a longtime adviser, claimed to have inside information from WikiLeaks, which published hacked Democratic emails. He appeared to predict future releases, and was in touch with a Twitter account used by Russian intelligence. This question, along with the next two, show that Mr. Mueller is still investigating possible campaign cooperation with Russia.

What knowledge did you have during the Transition of an attempt to establish back channel communications to Russia and efforts by Jared Kushner regarding same?

·         What did you know during the transition about an attempt to establish back-channel communication to Russia, and Jared Kushner’s efforts?

Mr. Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, has testified that the Russian ambassador proposed getting Mr. Flynn in contact with Russian officials to discuss Syria. In response, Mr. Kushner said, he proposed using secure phones inside the Russian Embassy — a highly unusual suggestion that was not accepted.

What knowledge do you have of a 2017 meeting in Seychelles regarding Erik Prince of Blackwater?

·         What do you know about a 2017 meeting in Seychelles involving Erik Prince?

The meeting was convened by Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates. It brought Mr. Prince, an informal adviser to Mr. Trump’s team, together with a Russian investor close to Mr. Putin.

What knowledge do you have of a Ukrainian peace proposal provided to Michael Cohen in 2017? 

·         What do you know about a Ukrainian peace proposal provided to Mr. Cohen in 2017?

Mr. Cohen, the lawyer, hand-delivered to the White House a peace proposal for Ukraine and Russia. This unusual bit of backdoor diplomacy is of interest because it involved a Ukrainian lawmaker who said he was being encouraged by Mr. Putin’s aides. Mr. Cohen has said he did not discuss the proposal with Mr. Trump.

 

And those are the 50 (Fox News)... or 42 (NYT)... questions that were leaked.  A discerning Don Jones might notice, like the Info Wars correspondent, that there are differences (most trivial, a few significant) in the texts of the leaked questions which invites one more question: were there two (or more!) separate leaks to the media by separate leakers with divergent political sympathies, or was there only one leak which either Fox, the Times, or both chose to edit for whatever reasons they felt obliged to do so?

The fun rolls on!

 

Don Jones, Washington worries aside, was having a lot of fun as May unfolded… the one week gain in his Index was the largest ever.  Deficit schmeficit… unemployment was down to 3.9% and the trade deficit was sliced by over fifteen percent.  He may be singing a sadder home if the Jones family lives on the big island in Hawaii, or when the gas price data Americans already know has been bad is finally made official, but it’s been a merry week, overall, - what with the high-class distractions of the British royal wedding, the Trump-Kim summit and even bipartisanship, of a sort, where former Democratic Veep Joe Biden is reminiscing with Arizona Senator McCain (who has not invited Trump to his funeral and now admits choosing Sarah Palin as his running mistress was a big mistake).

 

THE DON JONES INDEX

CHART of CATEGORIES w/VALUE ADDED to EQUAL BASELINE of 15,000

(REFLECTING… approximately… DOW JONES INDEX of June 27, 2013)

See a further explanation of categories here

 

ECONOMIC INDICES (60%)

                                                                                                                                                 

DON JONES’ PERSONAL ECONOMIC INDEX (45% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

    CATEGORY

   VALUE

   BASE

         RECKO

NINGS

  SCORE

   SCORE

        INCOME

(24%)

  6/27/13

    LAST

CHANGE

NEXT

4/30/18

5/7/18

OUR SOURCE(S) and COMMENTS

Wages (hourly, per capita)    

9%

1350 points 

5/7/18

+0.40%

May 18

      1,474.10

      1,480.17

http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wages   22.51

Median Income (yearly)

4%

600

5/7/18

+0.05%

5/14/18

        675.77

         676.11

debtclock.org/    31,842

Unempl. (BLS – in millions

4%

600

5/7/18

+5.13%

May 18

      1,110.17

      1,167.12

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000     3.9

   Official (DC - in millions)

2%

300

5/7/18

+0.14%

5/14/18

525.14

525.86

http://www.usdebtclock.org/      6,531

   Unofficl. (DC - in millions)

2%

300

5/7/18

+0.15%

5/14/18

         503.08

         503.82

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    12,834

Workforce Participation

     Number (in millions)

     Percentage (DC)

2%

300

5/7/18

 

+0.02%

-0.004%

5/14/18

285.54

285.53

Americans in/not in workforce (mil.) 

In: 155,373   Out 95,442 Total 250,815

http://www.usdebtclock.org/  61.95%  

WP Percentage (ycharts)*

1%

150

5/7/18

+0.16%

May 18

150.59

150.83

http://ycharts.com/indicators/labor_force_participation_rate   62..80

 

 

OUTGO

    (15%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Inflation (aggregate)

7%

1050

3/19/18

nc

May 18

974.27

974.27

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     -0.1

 

Inflation – Food

2%

300

3/19/18

nc

May 18

278.42

278.42

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.1

 

               - Gasoline

2%

300

3/19/18

nc

May 18

304.41

304.41

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     -4.9

 

               - Medical Costs

2%

300

3/19/18

nc

May 18

263.56

263.56

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.5

 

               -  Shelter

2%

300

3/19/18

nc

May 18

282.27

282.27

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.4

 

 

WEALTH

(6%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dow Jones Index

2%

300

5/7/18

-0.62%

5/14/18

434.68

434.68

Dow – 24,261.51

Homes – Sales

             -  Valuation

1%

1%

150

150

4/30/18

Sales +1.08%        Valu. +3.60%

May 18

204.98        222.49

204.98        222.49

http://www.realtor.org/research-and-statistics

Sales (M):  5.60 Valuations (K):  250.40

 

Debt (Personal)

2%

300

5/7/18

+0.05%

5/14/18

258.37

258.25

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    57,987

 

 

 

AMERICAN ECONOMIC INDEX (15% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

 

 

           NATIONAL

(10%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues (in trillions – tr.)

2%

300

5/7/18

+0.01%

5/14/18

380.23

380.27

debtclock.org/       3.329.412

 

Expenditures (in tr.)

2%

300

5/7/18

+0.07%

5/14/18

259.47

259.28

debtclock.org/       4.077

 

National Debt (tr.)

3%

450

5/7/18

+0.06%

5/14/18

345.19

344.99

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    21,173

 

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

3%

450

5/7/18

+0.07%

5/14/18

366.66

366.40

http://www.usdebtclock.org/     70,103

 

 

 

 

           GLOBAL

(5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Debt (tr.)

2%

300

5/7/18

+0.03%

5/14/18

308.27

308.08

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   6.341

 

Exports (in billions – bl.)

1%

150

5/7/18

+2.01%       

5/14/18

161.09

164.32

http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/congressional.html  208.5

 

Imports (bl.)

1%

150

5/7/18

+1.75%        

5/14/18

127.15

129.37

http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/congressional.html 257.5

 

Trad Deficit (bl.)

1%

150

5/7/18

+17.55%       

5/14/18

87.38

102.72

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/monthly.html  49.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                 SOCIAL INDICES (40%)

 

                       LIBERTY and SECURITY INDEX           (15%) 

          ACTS of MAN

(9%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Peace

3%

450

        5/7/18

 -0.1%

5/14/18

429.33

428.90

Israel’s Netanyahu accuses Iran of Gaza meddling.  Refugee caravan reaches US/Mexico border and stalls there.

 

 

Terrorism

2%

300

5/7/18

  -0.1%

5/14/18

220.23

220.45

ISIS loving teen busted in Dallas before he can do anything.  Dozens die in Kabul bombing.

 

Private/Public Corruption

 

2%

300

5/7/18

    +0.3%

5/14/18

299.51

298.61

Muddled Mueller mess muddled further as Giuliani/Trump differ and whispers of subpoenas are heard.  Putin re-elected to surprise of nobody.  Lawyers run amok, loser Roy Moore smells conspiracy, Stormy smells money (or publicity).  Australian cardinal and Vatican treasurer in sex scandals as are stalkerazzi Facebook employees.

 

 

Crime

1%

150

5/7/18

 +0.2%

5/14/18

238.18

237.70

Another Nashville shooting at Opry Mall.  Witnesses say police kick car their “like a football”.  Evil Venezuelan veterinarian sews heroin into imported puppies.

 

 

          ACTS of GOD             

(6%)

(with, in some cases, a little… or lots of… help from men, and a few women)

 

 

Environment/Weather

3%

450

5/7/18

    +0.2%

5/14/18

331.54

332.20

Long long winter breaks with 90 degrees in New York and Washington.  But there are dust storms in Nebraska… dustnados!... and greenhouse gas readings still going up.

 

 

Natural/Unnatural Disasters

3%

450

5/7/18

    +0.4%

5/14/18

356.35

354.92

Eruptions in Yellowstone and Hawaii.  Wildfires plague Arizona.  Louisiana chemical plant and Brazilian hi-rise burn, military plane crash kills 9 in Georgia and bankrupt Puerto Rico cuts pensions and closes schools.  Trump steps in to help – brings up another government shutdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         LIFESTYLE and JUSTICE INDEX       (15%)

 

Science, Tech. & Education

4%

600

5/7/18

 +0.2%

5/14/18

626.24

627.49

Facebook responds to privacy critics with new protocols to clear history… ugly gray Oculus glasses revived.

 

 

Equality (economic/social)

4%

600

5/7/18

 -0.1%

5/14/18

733.78

733.05

States’ rights swelling – 7 sue to stop DACA, 16 sue to preserve emission standards.  Iowa bans abortions after 6 weeks.

 

 

Health

4%

600

5/7/18

  +0.1%

5/14/18

528.76

529.29

Severe flu season finally over.  Mosquito season begins.  Drugs tested as Alzheimers’ cure, weedkiller found in granola and Trump’s old hippie doc raided – questioned about prescriptions for propecia.

 

 

Freedom and Justice                        

3%

450

5/7/18

  +0.6%

5/14/18

507.03

510.06

God smites Cambridge Analytica – bankrupt!   Ty Cobb strikes out, Trump replaces him with Clinton’s Monicagate lawyer.  House chaplain reinstated and Kim raises possibility of freeing NoKo prisoners

 

                     

                       MISCELLANEOUS and TRANSIENT INDEX        (10%)

All miscellaneous incidents

   (transient and cultural)

10%

1000

        5/7/18

+0.3%

5/14/18

1080.22

 1083.46

Nasty comedienne Wolf disgusts Trump-boycotted media banquet, says “I was just doing my job.”  WH chief of staff Kelly accused of calling his boss “an idiot” (POTUS retorts “I am not an idiot!” and, to prove it, lets Kanye run amok supporting Trump, Stormy guests on SNL. PC boy scouts drop “boy” from name.  Bad week for books, Swedish sex scandals sink 2018 Nobels, music (Fender guitars bankrupt) but good week for old vinyl records.  Avengers’ movie sets box office records, GHW Bush out of hospital and the royal setting is set for May 19.  And a boy brain dead after dune buggy crash revives as doctors sharpen knives to harvest his organs.

 

 

The Don Jones Index for the week of April 29th through May 6, 2018 was UP 88.72 points.

 

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