Specter: ‘Retroactive immunity is exactly wrong.’

In an interview with the Washington Post editorial board yesterday, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), the ranking Republican member of the Judiciary Committee, expressed “frustration at Attorney General Michael Mukasey’s unwillingness to compromise.” “”Mukasey is non-negotiable,” said Specter, pointing to Mukasey’s refusal “to budge from the Bush administration’s position that telecommunications companies must be granted retroactive immunity for their past cooperation with intelligence operations.” “I think retroactive immunity is exactly wrong,” added Specter. “How can you ask for retroactive immunity in a context where you don’t even know what you’re immunizing?”