- The Washington Times - Monday, October 24, 2016

Former Rep. Gary Condit is breaking his silence for the first time in 15 years about the unsolved murder of federal intern Chandra Levy.

In an interview set to air Thursday afternoon, the California Democrat sat down with TV psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw to explain his relationship with Levy, an intern for the Federal Bureau of Prisons whose skeletal remains where found in a park in Washington, D.C., one year after she disappeared in May 2001.

Mr. Condit was accused of having an intimate relationship with the 24-year-old before her death, though he has maintained that the two were only friends. He was cleared as a suspect in her murder but his political career never recovered and he was defeated in the California primary in 2002, the Daily Mail reported.

In 2010, prosecutors convicted Ingmar Guandique, a Salvadoran illegal immigrant, with Levy’s death and he was later sentenced to 60 years in prison. In 2015, Guandique was granted a new trial, and on July 28, 2016, prosecutors dropped the case, saying, “The [U.S. Attorney’s Office] has concluded that it can no longer prove the murder case against Mr. Guandique beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Mr. Condit, co-author of the book “Actual Malice: A True Crime Political Thriller,” slammed the investigation as a “soap opera” and said everything “went wrong in every way you can conceive”

Asked about police investigators, Mr. Condit said, “These guys were going to set me up. They were going to frame me for something. There was something going on that was beyond my control, and it was moving pretty fast.”

He told Dr. Phil that he saw Levy outside of the office only once “at a restaurant” and she came by his condo once or “maybe twice.”

“But once again I want to make this clear, there’s nothing unusual about someone coming by my condo. A lot of people did,” the former congressman said.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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