Skip to comments.Blagojevich: Who Is Advisor B?
Posted on 12/11/2008 7:08:34 AM PST by JRochelle
Barack Obama has flatly said that he has not discussed the Senate seat with [Rod Blagojevich] at any time. If that is true and Obama will undoubtedly be asked the broader question of whether he communicated in any way with Blagojevich on the subject then the big story in the Blagojevich scandal is the role of intermediaries. Throughout the criminal complaint filed against Blagojevich, there are references to unnamed individuals who play important roles in the scandal and who know a lot about what went on and who was involved. None of those intermediaries is more intriguing than the person referred to as Advisor B.
We first learn about Advisor B in the complaints description of a November 7 three-way telephone call between Blagojevich, his chief of staff John Harris, and Advisor B, a Washington D.C.-based consultant. It was during this call that the participants talked about a three-way deal for the open Senate seat, involving the Service Employees International Union and its affiliated group Change to Win. The idea was that Blagojevich would appoint Obama favorite Valerie Jarrett to the seat, and in return, SEIU would make Blagojevich head of Change to Win, and then Obama would perform some unspecified act to help Change to Win. Harris said such a deal would give Obama a buffer so there is no obvious quid pro quo for [Senate Candidate One], according to the complaint. (Senate Candidate One, we now know, refers to Jarrett.) Advisor B said that he liked the idea of the three-way deal, the complaint says. Advisor B said they should leverage the president-elects desire to have [Jarrett] appointed to the Senate seat in order to get a head position with Change to Win and a salary.
The next time we meet Advisor B is on November 10, during a two-hour conference call involving Blagojevich, Blagojevichs wife, Harris, Blagojevichs general counsel, and various Washington-D.C. based advisors, including Advisor B, according to the complaint. Prosecutors have not said how many various advisors there were on the call some apparently came and went during the two-hour session. On the call, Blagojevich conceded that it was unlikely that Obama would appoint him secretary of Health and Human Services or make him an ambassador. Given that, Blagojevich, according to the complaint, asked what he can get from the president-elect for the Senate seat. The group discussed a number of options remember, this call went on for a very long time. It was a laundry list of corrupt possibilities, and, apparently, several people, including some Washington-based politicos, were in on it.
Advisor B pops up again on November 12, in another conversation with Blagojevich. The two discussed forming a non-profit organization to be headed by Blagojevich and funded by some rich Obama supporter. According to the complaint, Advisor B stated that he likes the idea, but liked the Change to Win option better because, according to Advisor B, from the president-elects perspective, there would be fewer fingerprints on the president-elects involvement with Change to Win, because Change to Win already has an existing stream of revenue and, therefore, you wont have stories in four years that they bought you off.
As I wrote yesterday, the complaint contains a three-week gap a period in which prosecutors dont discuss any conversations among the participants. Of that period, the complaint says, Throughout the past month, ROD BLAGOJEVICH has continued to engage in numerous conversations relating to filling the open Senate seat, but gives no details. The details do not resume until December 4, the last big day in the Senate-seat plot. On that day, according to the complaint, Blagojevich spoke to Advisor B and informed Advisor B that he was giving Senate Candidate Five [now known to be Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.] greater consideration for the Senate seat because, among other reasons, if ROD BLAGOJEVICH ran for re-election, Senate Candidate Five would raise money for ROD BLAGOJEVICH, although ROD BLAGOJEVICH said he might get some (money) up front, maybe, from Senate Candidate Five to insure Senate Candidate Five kept his promise about raising money for ROD BLAGOJEVICH. The complaint goes on to say that in a phone call recorded on October 31, Blagojevich said he was approached by an associate of Senate Candidate Five that is, Jackson for pay to play in which Jackson would raise $500,000 for Blagojevich and an emissary would raise $1 million for Blagojevich, if Blagojevich made Jackson a senator. Jackson has strongly denied all of the allegations.
The next day, December 5, the Chicago Tribune published an article reporting that Blagojevich was under surveillance. Blagojevich immediately stopped his efforts to sell the Senate seat and began to work on his legal defense. But from the actions described in the criminal complaint, there are some key players who remain unknown and, so far, uncharged. Anyone who wants to understand the Blagojevich scandal will have to learn more about Advisor B.
I have no doubt that Obama and Rahm knew what BLogo wanted and they were ok with that.
The Messiah will fall and be exposed for the dark angel he is.
They have more to worry about with Rezko than Blago............
Let’s see if Blagojevich is more loyal to the Democrat party machine or his own tail.
That 76-page complaint is a treasure of said and unsaid things. If you read it carefully all kinds of interesting questions pop up.
There are SO many people that I want to be Adisor B because they are in deep doo-doo. Isn’t Rahm “Advisor A”?? SWEET....can’t wait for that VICIOUS THUG PUNK to go down. I’m just waiting for the other ballet slipper to fall.
Didn’t Obama pull Jarrett’s name in a CYA move this week?
Hmmmm....many many possibilities...........
Mainstream Media = Epic Fail
to the detriment of us all. This was active electioneering, not simply poor reporting.
And there are a few puppeteers pulling O’s strings.
My money is on “advisor B” being Chicago’s very own Rahm Emanuel or someone directly reporting to him and then thus up to zerO himself
The DNC/Washingont establishment with its goals for a 60 seat democrat majority Senate, would not be oblivious to who would be the new democrat senator from Illinois
Obama is in this so deep that he can barely keep his nose above water. I hope that justice prevails.
Wait until we get to the second tier of players: Michelle Obama, Mrs. Rezko and Mrs. Blago and their real estate deal.
Who is Advisor B ping?!
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Mayor Richard Daley
Jesse Jackson Jr.
B has to be the evil Bush.
The first thing I thought of is the talking heads were saying the fact that Blog called BHO a M$$effer shows BHO is totally innocent. I was thinking Blog didn't get an ambassadorship, but may have had something else offered( also illegal), that he didn't want. In any case BHO was negotiating with him. I don't see how Blog being pi$$ed makes BHO totally innocent.
The fun part is none of them know what Fitz has on tape. I expect there will be a whole bunch of "No comment due to the ongoing investigation." Gotta be careful what you say here.
Interesting. Before the scandal broke, Axelrod said Obama was in contact with Blago. Local news reported there would be, and subsequently reported that there was, a meeting between Obama and Blago discussing this. On the tapes, Blago is reportedly cursing Obama because his team offered only “appreciation” rather than cash for putting the Obama pick in the Senate.
Then the scandal breaks, and Obama said they never spoke - and all of the sudden Axelrod and the local news outlet retract their comments. (Any follow-up on why such an egregious error was made? What’s the explanation for the “false story” about a meeting being there in the first place? Who was involved in reporting the story? Has anyone asked them how they were so “mistaken?”)
So either (i) Obama never breathed a word to the Illinois governor about who he would want to be dealing with as one of a hundred members of a Senate teetering on the precipice of a filibuster-proof majority, Axelrod and the local news outlet (two very different actors in totally different positions with respect to the story and presumably relying on different sources) made the exact same mistake, and Blago was somehow delusional and hallucinated that he knew Obama’s preferred candidate for the job, or (ii) Obama made a false statement and Axelrod and the local media are covering for him.
Which is more likely?
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