- The Washington Times - Monday, June 25, 2001

Rep. Gary Condit is not a suspect in the case of missing intern Chandra Ann Levy. Yet, the mystery that shrouds her disappearance continues to raise more than a few eyebrows.
Miss Levy, 24, disappeared April 30 after she had just finished an internship at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and had packed for a trip back to her home in Modesto, Calif. She had told relatives that she was having an affair with the 53-year-old Mr. Condit, her Democratic congressmen. He has acknowledged his friendship with her. On Saturday, he was interviewed for a second time by D.C. police, who also are interested in information you might have (the D.C. police Crime Solver line is 800-673-2777).
Mr. Condits tight-lipped approach to the publics desire to know, though, hasnt necessarily helped his case. Still, to not get ahead of ourselves, it helps to remember that verdicts remain the sovereign province of juries and the burden of proof is not an issue yet in the Levy case. Hers is a missing persons case because there is no evidence of a crime. But given how few and far between facts are in her disappearance, full compliance would be the best asset of an innocent man.
Mr. Condit remains steadfast in his insistence that the relationship between himself and the intern was not amorous, and, at this point, there is no basis to disbelieve him. Yet as disappearances and sensationalized scandals grow ever-more commonplace, skepticism is to be expected. Add to that the fact that Mr. Condits wife was reportedly in Washington the week of Miss Levys disappearance and one is left to wonder, conjecture, and sadly, to insinuate.
Further compounding matters are the usual suspects. On Thursday, the public was reintroduced to Billy Martin, who, it so happens, represented Monica Lewinskys mother. As the Levy family spokesman, Mr. Martin diplomatically avoided casting aspersions of foul play on anyones part. The following day, Mr. Condit issued a statement by his attorney, the loquacious Abbe Lowell, who was the Democratic counsel during the Clinton impeachment. Mr. Condit said, through Mr. Lowell, that his "prayers, hopes and sympathy" are with the Levy family.
The frustrating truth is that everyone is short on facts, while the simple truth is everything, including questions concerning Mr. Condits political future, must remain a backdrop to the most urgent of all questions: What happened to Chandra Levy?

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