Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the ranking Republican member of the committee, said he wanted to hear from Fitzgerald because, "I still haven't figured out what that case is all about."
"Why were they pursuing the matter long after there was no underlying crime on the outing of the CIA agent? Why were they pursuing it after we knew who the leaker was?" Specter said.
Just to refresh your memory, Arlen Specter used to be a prosecutor in Philadelphia before he ran for the Senate. So, like, if you and I can figure out why the Libby prosecution was pursued, what does it say about Republican Senator Arlen Specter that he can't? Does he, like so many Republicans, suffer from memory loss? Does the former chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee simply dismiss as unimportant, say, obstruction of justice in a federal investigation?
Maybe prosecutor and US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald will clarify the case for former prosecutor Specter. Senator Leahy, chair of the Judiciary Committee, wants to ask Patrick Fitzgerald (a prosecutor with a good memory) to testify. If Specter remembers to attend the hearing of the committee of which he's ranking member, then he may begin to understand. Or it may be that in addition to having a memory problem, he doesn't think lying and obstruction of justice are a big deal.