WASHINGTON -- Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter met with former Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh and his attorney, Michael N. Levy of McKee Nelson, for three hours today in his office, but delayed his press briefing on what Walsh and Levy told him until tomorrow.
Specter, who has been critical of the NFL's handling of the investigation into the Patriots' illegal videotaping practices, postponed a press conference that was originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m. today in room S-207 of the Capitol Building until tomorrow, delaying potential closure in the "Spygate" saga.
According to Specter's press secretary, Kate Kelly, the press conference will be held tomorrow at a yet-to-be-determined time and place.
None of the parties addressed the approximately dozen media members who were staked out outside Specter's office, SH-711, in the Senate Hart Office Building. Levy and Walsh, both of whom had entered through the office's front door at 2 p.m. Eastern time after arriving from New York, where they met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for three hours and 15 minutes this morning, slipped out an alternate door to avoid the press.
A little after 5 p.m. Walsh, Levy and the senator appeared in the waiting room of Specter's office, which is on the same floor as the office of presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, and allowed photographers to snap them shaking hands through the office's glass doors.
They then disappeared back into the office, without taking any questions. It is not known if Walsh or Levy is planning on attending Specter's press conference tomorrow.
The reason given to reporters for the postponement was because of the late arrival of Walsh in Washington D.C.
According to ESPN's Mike Fish, Specter and his staff were given access to the eight tapes that Walsh turned over to the NFL on May 8. Specter's staff reviewed the material on Friday, according to Fish's report. A need to review the material should not be part of why Specter delayed his press conference.