A chronology of the Chandra Levy story, updated as news breaks. Click here to read the whole story from the beginning.
Wednesday, June 27: During his June 23 police interview, Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif., told investigators he “broke off his close friendship” with Chandra Levy two days before she disappeared, Fox News reports. During the police interview, Condit was silent on the nature of his relationship with Chandra Levy, but he did “strongly hint that the two had been lovers,” according to Fox’s police sources. Levy became “extremely disappointed and distraught, refusing to take no for an answer and even becoming obsessed with him, the sources said.”
Condit told the police he last spoke with Levy on April 29, the day before she disappeared. The New York Daily News reports that Condit’s lawyer said Levy made “four or five” calls to Condit on April 30, just before her disappearance, but the newspaper says “it was not clear whether she called again after that.”
The Levys are frustrated that police are investigating the possibility that their daughter’s disappearance relates to a presumed despondence over her personal life. The New York Post reported that police believe Levy may even have “deliberately disappeared and changed her name.” But the New York Daily News reports that Levy was still waiting to hear whether she landed her “dream job” at the FBI, which the Daily News suggests is evidence against suicide. Newsweek reported previously that Levy was distraught over the sudden loss of her internship at the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The “extremely tense” June 21 meeting between Chandra Levy’s mother, Susan, and Condit took place at Washington’s Jefferson Hotel and lasted only 15 minutes, but that was long enough for the two parties to strike a deal, the New York Post reports. The Levys agreed “to stop their public accusations against Condit–for now–provided he was fully forthcoming with the cops.”
Two days later, June 23, Condit was re-interviewed by the police. More than a week before the agreement was made, the police had shown up at Condit’s Adams Morgan apartment, but Condit “told them it was not a good time,” according to the New York Post. Then on June 18, police visited Condit’s congressional office, but Condit wasn’t there. They returned June 20, but Condit told them he was busy. (The paper says he “had time for a 2 1/2-hour lunch with a colleague and a workout in the gym.”) The police waited Thursday for Condit to call to reschedule. He called Friday, June 22.
According to Fox News, the police want to interview Condit’s chronically ill wife, Carolyn. The New York Post calls it “an unusual move.” Fox News also notes that the Levys have set up their own toll-free telephone number (800-860-6552) and e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to allow people with information about Chandra Levy’s disappearance to contact the family.
All roads lead to Lewinsky: Condit’s lawyer, Abbe D. Lowell, was the chief Democratic counsel for the House Judiciary Committee during impeachment, and the Levys’ lawyer, Billy Martin, defended Monica Lewinsky’s mother.
Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher dug up some interesting Flytrap quotes from Condit, who wanted President Clinton to appear before the House Judiciary Committee “and either dissuade those allegations or not.” Condit also urged full disclosure of the Starr report: “We ought to release everything. We’re sort of beyond this point of holding back. … Release everything and get through this process as quickly as possible.” He told CNN he opposed the “drip-drip-drip theory. … You can’t close this issue without getting all the information out there. … The fact is, the information is going to get out eventually anyway. Let’s just do it at once, see where the chips fall.”