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.
Nailed it. It is what we have been screaming since the August following the Dem primary.
Anyone else heard or seen this??
LOL! Unless one has a scorecard , one just cannot keep up!
Every participant in those calls is a potential witness with a prison term hanging over his/her head. This may take years to play out, but we have only 40 days for Fitzgerald to indict and arrest the POTUS elect. From then on it will take the House and Senate to nail him.
Ooo...thanks for the ping.
Advisor B, a Washington D.C.-based consultant.
“Hmmmm....many many possibilities...........”
Give me the names of a couple of the possibilities you are thinking of. Thanks! :)
Don’t worry. They’ll all be on The View, next week........
For some reason I get the feeling that Obama was behind the sudden closing down of the Blagojevich investigation.
Maybe “B” is “Because , it must be Dick Cheney” !
This statement makes me unsure of Mr. "B" being Rahm....he could be considered a D.C.-based consultant but I think there are more accurate descriptions that might apply. How about Transition Team member "B" or President Elect Adviser "B". I definitely would not put it past Fitz to be vague in his description if it is Rahm because the conspiracy nut in me thinks Fitz busted Blago before the investigation got to close to the soon to be first black President. Fitz probably doesn't want to be the turd in the punch bowl at the inauguration balls.
“I have no doubt that Obama and Rahm knew what BLogo wanted and they were ok with that.”
If so, why did Blago go ballistic that BO wasn’t playing ball?
They’ve already failed at coaching him on how to handle issues that require a bit more explanation than “saddened” and “no I didn’t”. Can’t wait for the press conference at 11 Eastern—it’s still on, isn’t it?
Good point about the tapes showing Obama made its wishes known to Blago.
If the same tape that is being used to show that Obama did not offer money (and there’s no evidence I see at this point that he or anyone on his team did), then it also must be evidence that Obama and/or his team spoke to Blago. Why did Obama say he never spoke to him? (I have another post on this thread about that issue.)
I think the likelihood of one person or another being “B” is directly proportionate to their level of silence at this moment in time.
Perhaps Blago realize he was being challenged at that point and he just didn’t like it. Reminds me of mafia wars.
“Every participant in those calls is a potential witness with a prison term hanging over his/her head. This may take years to play out, but we have only 40 days for Fitzgerald to indict and arrest the POTUS elect. From then on it will take the House and Senate to nail him.”
Yes, you are correct. Just maybe there will be a decision from the Supreme Court tomorrow or Monday that would nail him before Fritzgerald does! Just hoping!
We’re at the very beginning of this scandal. I suppose no possibility can be totally discounted at this point.
I’m kinda lazy and strapped for time...can you post the questions?
Obama...”will undoubtedly be asked the broader question...?” By WHOM? Hell, no one in our first class, non-biased MSM even cares if the guy is constitutionally qualified to BE the president. Do you actually think any of them will ask about his role, or that of a hack lackey? Don’t hold your breath.