- The Washington Times - Friday, November 16, 2001

A D.C. Superior Court grand jury has subpoenaed records from U.S. Rep. Gary A. Condit in the investigation into the disappearance of Chandra Levy, a former federal intern who had an affair with Mr. Condit and has been missing for six months.
The California Democrat notified fellow House members of the subpoena when a clerk read the announcement into the record yesterday. The notice did not say what documents were subpoenaed.
"Issuing a subpoena was not necessary," Mr. Condit's attorney, Abbe Lowell, said in a statement dated Nov. 13. "However, whatever the reasons were for its issuance, Congressman Condit and his office will, as they have in the past, provide the information law enforcement seeks."
The statement reiterates Mr. Condit's history of cooperation with authorities investigating Miss Levy's disappearance.
Channing Phillips, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, said the office could not comment on any grand jury matters.
Miss Levy disappeared from her third-floor apartment on 21st Street NW on April 30. Searches of her residence uncovered no evidence of foul play. Police found packed bags, along with her money and identification.
The only thing missing was her keys.
Mr. Condit originally described Miss Levy as a friend and denied even to his colleagues having a relationship with the 24-year-old Bureau of Prisons intern from his home district. After four interviews with D.C. police detectives and FBI agents, Mr. Condit acknowledged his affair with her and that she had spent the night in his apartment, police sources said.
In a statement issued through their attorney, Billy Martin, Miss Levy's parents said they are hopeful their daughter can be found safe, or that those responsible for her disappearance can be brought to justice.
"We will not comment on the actions of law enforcement authorities, but we are pleased to hear that they continue their investigation," the statement reads.
The police and the FBI are still working the case, but with fewer and fewer leads. Some law enforcement sources believe they are trying to wrap up the case.
The fallout from the investigation has strained Mr. Condit's support in his Modesto, Calif., district because he failed to disclose his relationship to the police early on. Police sources said he hampered the investigation because they were trying to track Miss Levy's whereabouts prior to her disappearance.
Police have said Mr. Condit is not a suspect, but they searched his apartment and interviewed him four times. They also interviewed members of his staff in Washington and California, as well as his wife.
Law enforcement sources familiar with the grand jury proceedings said that it is not unusual for the grand jury to subpoena documents rather than ask they be provided voluntarily. The documents could involve Mr. Condit's office personnel employment records or personal records, which would require a subpoena to be released.
"It doesn't surprise me in the least," a police source said.
The records were subpoenaed by a D.C. Superior Court grand jury that meets for a month at a time. Because the investigation of the disappearance of Miss Levy has been ongoing since May, at least five different panels could have heard evidence.
Normally, before a grand jury would issue an indictment, the sitting panel would read the transcripts of past grand jury panels that investigated the case.


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