- The Washington Times - Monday, July 16, 2001

Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott yesterday called on Rep. Gary A. Condit to resign if the married California Democrat had a romantic relationship with missing Washington intern Chandra Levy.
"Infidelity is always unacceptable, but particularly when you have an elected official involved in a position of trust with a young girl, an intern," the Mississippi Republican said on "Fox News Sunday." "If these allegations are true, obviously he should resign. And if he doesn't, the people of his district probably will not re-elect him."
Metropolitan Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey told CNN's "Late Edition" yesterday that police have established the congressman did have a relationship with Miss Levy, a former Bureau of Prisons intern who was last seen April 30, but he declined to comment on the nature of that relationship. Mr. Lott joins Rep. Bob Barr, Georgia Republican, who called for Mr. Condit's resignation last week. Mr. Condit, whose 18th District includes Silicon Valley and points south, offered no comment following the broadcast that suggests he is considering vacating his House seat.
Chief Ramsey also said police have not yet received the raw results of a polygraph exam privately administered to Mr. Condit last week by a former FBI agent at the congressman's expense, despite what Mr. Condit's attorney, Abbe Lowell, promised during a hard-edged press conference Friday. Mr. Lowell used visual aids and a pointer stick to detail for television cameras Mr. Condit's cooperation with police. He said that Mr. Condit had fully answered "critically important questions," and that "the spotlight on him should be turned elsewhere."
"I'm certainly glad he gave us his opinion, but I'd like to see that for myself," Chief Ramsey said. He said he doubts police would be given the opportunity to administer their own polygraph exam.
The chief dropped a bombshell when he revealed police received a 911 call from a woman in Miss Levy's apartment building at 4:30 a.m. May 1, the date of Miss Levy's last communication by e-mail with her family in Modesto, Calif. He said the caller "heard what she thought were screams outside the building." Police were dispatched but found nothing, the chief said.
He seemed to dismiss a connection between the incident and Miss Levy's disappearance, even though, a few hours later, she spent three-and-a-half hours on her computer looking at travel Web sites, surfing for prices and routes out of the city. He said they could find no record of a ticket purchased in her name.
Chief Ramsey said that a weekslong plan to search area landfills has been put on hold. He said that police are looking at different Dumpsters and secluded areas in the city where a body could be hidden for a long period of time, but that the landfill search might not be the most appropriate course of action.
"With the cost and the amount of time it takes to do that, it may not be practical," he said.
John Walsh, whose Fox television program, "America's Most Wanted," ran a special episode Saturday night profiling the Levy case, discussed his theory yesterday on NBC's "Meet the Press."
"My gut feeling is that there may be a serial killer in the Washington, D.C., area," Mr. Walsh said. Both Chief Ramsey and Executive Assistant Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer were quick to attack that theory. Chief Gainer, appearing on "Fox News Sunday," called it "a terrible overstatement."
"I think it's really wrong to spread that kind of fear through the District of Columbia. It's just not true. We don't see those connections," he said.
Mr. Walsh said the program generated a tip about a suspicious van trying to "lure women" that had been seen in Miss Levy's neighborhood the day before her disappearance. Chief Ramsey couldn't say for sure if detectives were aware of that tip.
Aside from the revelation of the 911 call, the chiefs spent most of their time on the morning talk shows quashing news reports. Chief Gainer denied an NBC News report last week that D.C. police believe Miss Levy was the victim of "an experienced killer." Chief Ramsey said police do not think it unlikely or likely Mr. Condit had a hand in the disappearance, despite a Newsweek cover story that, he said, made it seem police have decided the congressman doesn't know what happened to the intern.
Chief Ramsey would not comment on a report in the Hill newspaper that Mr. Condit had told Miss Levy not to carry identification when they were together.

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