- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 10, 2001

The attorney for the family of missing intern Chandra Levy today will formally request in a letter that Rep. Gary A. Condit submit to a lie-detector test to ensure that he is not hindering the police investigation, a spokesman for the Levy family told The Washington Times.
Billy Martin will ask Abbe Lowell, Mr. Condit's attorney in Washington, to allow the California Democrat to submit to a polygraph test "in coordination with the investigators" Mr. Martin has hired, said Michael Frisby, a local public relations executive retained by the Levy family.
"If he just did the lie-detector test and shows conclusively he's now telling the truth and given investigators all the information they need, there wouldn't be any need to focus any more attention on him," Mr. Frisby said. "He can get completely out of the picture, and the police investigation can go forward on different fronts. If he's not involved in any way, then police are wasting a lot of time talking to him."
But Mr. Lowell said yesterday on NBC-TV that police are satisfied with his answers about the missing 24-year-old, adding that "there are no questions to test."
"Surely the time has come to focus less on Congressman Condit and more on the 99 other people police have identified who might be as helpful in providing information that could find Chandra," Mr. Lowell said in a statement.
The Levys called on Mr. Condit to submit to a lie-detector test after reports, based on police sources, that he told police on Friday that he had had an affair with Miss Levy. The married 53-year-old congressman previously had said he was a friend of Miss Levy's, and his office had denied any romantic involvement.
"The [Levy] family is frustrated and very upset that it took the congressman 11 weeks to verify to investigators that he was having an intimate relationship with their daughter," Mr. Frisby said. "They feel the investigation has been hampered by his delay."
Police have said that Mr. Condit is not a suspect and that there is no evidence of foul play in Miss Levy's disappearance, which is being investigated as a missing-persons case — a noncriminal matter.
Metropolitan Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey yesterday told The Times that police investigators will ask Mr. Condit to submit to a polygraph test only "if it's necessary."
"It's a tool that we can use if we feel it is necessary, but we are not going to tell you," the chief said. "It is an investigative tool. That's up to the investigators, whether or not it's the next step — it would be up to them."
Authorities won't rule out the use of any specific investigative methods, including collecting "any evidence from any place," Chief Ramsey told reporters on Capitol Hill yesterday, apparently referring to searching Mr. Condit's Adams Morgan apartment.
The secrecy that Mr. Condit demanded during his relationship with Miss Levy — laid out in a statement by the woman's aunt — also pushed investigators to examine Mr. Condit's behavior toward women.
"And these were the rules, these were rules that she had to follow for this relationship to flow and to be all right. He wanted, you know, no one could know about this," Linda Zamsky said in a statement.
Investigators have interviewed at least six women who say they had romantic relationships with Mr. Condit, as The Times first reported last week. One of those women — a San Francisco flight attendant — said a lawyer and private investigator for Mr. Condit pressured her to sign a false affidavit and not cooperate with the FBI.
Mr. Condit and Mr. Lowell denied that in written statements issued last week.
Miss Levy, 24, a former intern at the Bureau of Prisons, was last seen in the District on April 30, when she canceled a gym membership near her apartment in the Dupont Circle area. Police, citing bank, phone and computer records, said this week she may have spent part of the next day in her apartment.
Detectives found no signs of a struggle in her apartment, and her money, credit cards and driver's license were with her packed luggage.

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