Intern's mom urges Condit: 'Out with the truth'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The mother of missing intern Chandra Levy urged Rep. Gary Condit to "come out with the truth" Monday after Condit reportedly admitted to an affair with her daughter.
Meanwhile, a flight attendant who accused Condit of encouraging her to withhold information from the FBI about an alleged sexual affair will meet with federal authorities Tuesday, CNN has learned.
Condit, 53, a married father of two, admitted to police in an interview Friday night that he had a sexual relationship with Levy, according to law enforcement sources. Condit previously issued statements denying an affair with Levy. Police say the California Democrat is not a suspect in the disappearance.
Sources told CNN Monday that Anne Marie Smith, a United Airlines flight attendant who claims she had a sexual relationship with Condit that ended shortly after Levy's disappearance, will meet with representatives of the U.S. attorney's office in Washington on Tuesday. She will be accompanied by a lawyer, the sources said.
Levy, 24, was last reported seen at her Washington gym April 30, although police have since discovered she evidently sent an e-mail message from her laptop computer in her apartment on May 1. She had recently completed an internship at the federal Bureau of Prisons. Police are treating her disappearance as a missing person's case and have not named any suspects.
Smith told reporters last week Condit asked her to sign a false affidavit denying their affair and told her that she did not have to disclose the information to FBI agents investigating Levy's disappearance. Condit issued a statement shortly afterward denying he asked anyone to mislead investigators.
Through his lawyer on Monday, Condit declined a request by Levy's family to take a lie-detector test.
Susan Levy, the missing woman's mother, told reporters Monday outside her home in Modesto, California, she wants Condit to "come out with the truth." Modesto is part of Condit's district.
"Mr. Condit has not been very truthful to me up 'til now," she said. "I think that there's things that are unknown, and the truth has to come out."
Condit's attorney Abbe Lowell has sent a letter to executives of the national news networks asking them to end around-the-clock media stakeouts of Condit's residences in Washington and California.
Lowell called the surveillance a safety threat to Condit's wife, children and neighbors. He said more attention should be focused on other people interviewed in connection with the disappearance of the former intern.
Lowell said Monday the congressman has offered to turn over telephone records to investigators, to urge his staff to speak with police if asked and to allow police access to his apartment.
He said Condit hopes the offer will let police "get back to the other 99 people that they have identified" in hopes that they could provide information that would yield Levy's whereabouts.
Lowell said there was no reason for Condit to take a polygraph test. But if police asked Condit to take one, "I will discuss it with them," Lowell said. "But I will discuss it with them, not with you."
"We understand that the Levy family wants to do all it can to find Chandra, but police have stated that they are fully satisfied with Congressman Condit's cooperation and with the answers to every single question they have posed," Lowell said earlier Monday. "The police have also stated that Congressman Condit is not a suspect."
"The family feels the investigation has been hindered because the congressman took so long to tell the truth," said Levy family spokesman Michael K. Frisby.
Condit is one of roughly 100 people police have interviewed in connection with the case. Others include friends, colleagues and members of the gym where she was last reported seen.
"The time has come to focus less on Congressman Condit and more on the 99 other people police have identified who might be as helpful in providing information that could find Chandra," Lowell said.
Meanwhile, Condit is under increasing pressure at home in his California district to explain his relationship with Levy.
District of Columbia Police Chief Charles Ramsey said Monday that police have ruled nothing out in their investigation.
"Until we can answer that question of what happened to her and find her one way or the other, we're going to have to continue to trace and retrace steps," Ramsey said. He said that a search of landfills is also part of the police probe. "That's just covering bases and making sure we look at all possibilities," he said.
Frisby said it was the public statement of Chandra's aunt, Linda Zamsky, that forced Condit to admit to the affair. Last week, Zamsky went public with what Chandra allegedly told her about her relationship with Condit.
"What so troubles the family is that when he met with them last month, he told them the last contact he had with Chandra was April 24. Now we find he told police it was sometime after that," Frisby said.
Law enforcement sources told CNN that Condit acknowledged he spoke by phone with Levy on April 29.
"The family now feels we need to be assured the congressman is telling the truth," Frisby said.
CNN National Correspondent Bob Franken contributed to this report.
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