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Police mum on Condit's 4th interview



By Bob Franken
CNN Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Police investigating the disappearance of former government intern Chandra Levy declined to provide details Friday of a fourth interview with Rep. Gary Condit

"This could change to a criminal investigation, and if that's the case then we have to be very careful about some of the information that we have that gets into the public domain," Metropolitan Police Chief Charles Ramsey told reporters.

For now, he said, "We don't have a suspect because we don't have a crime."

The FBI and local police interviewed the 53-year-old, seven-term Democrat for 1.5 hours Thursday evening in the office of his lawyer, Abbe Lowell. Among the questioners was an FBI profiler who is trying get more details on Levy's state of mind before her disappearance, sources said.

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Police investigators also had questions about Condit's schedule on May 1, sources said. Although Levy was last reported seen April 30, police believe she used her computer in her apartment on the morning of May 1, checking Web sites and sending e-mails. She had recently ended an internship with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

It was in his third interview with police that Condit, 53 and married, admitted he had a sexual relationship with Levy, 24, according to police sources. Levy's aunt has also described an affair between her niece and Condit. Condit has publicly acknowledged only a friendship.

Ramsey said Friday there are no plans to question Condit's wife Carolyn for a second time. Mrs. Condit, who stays at the family's home in Ceres, California, was in Washington when Levy disappeared and returned to Washington for a July 5 interview by FBI and police investigators.

Condit's spokeswoman Marina Ein said that in Thursday evening's session with FBI and police Condit "worked to provide any piece of information that could be helpful in any way in finding out what has happened to Ms. Levy.

"Congressman Condit answered every question and provided all the information and opinions that he had," she said. "Congressman Condit hopes that this meeting -- along with other important FBI and police efforts -- will help law enforcement authorities find Chandra Levy."

Ramsey, who was not present for the session, said Condit was questioned again "just to clear up a few issues. There was some information that we still needed. We're going to now evaluate all that."

He would not divulge details, saying some information had to be kept secret. Police sources said there was no talk about scheduling a fifth meeting with the congressman. Condit's office said the conservative Democrat has no plans for the upcoming five-week congressional recess.

Speaking outside their home in Modesto, California, Levy's parents appealed once again for help finding their daughter, noting that the reward fund now exceeds $200,000. "We're in pain. That's all we can say," said her mother, Susan Levy.

"We just request that if anyone is holding Chandra, find some way to let her go and the reward can be arranged for them," said her father, Dr. Robert Levy.

"And they won't be prosecuted if they let her go or get her out, and they can get the reward. If Chandra is out there, somehow, she shouldn't be afraid. We just want her home. She's loved and she wouldn't be in any trouble," he said.

Police cadets ended their search of wooded areas in Washington for the week Friday. This time they searched in the northwest part of the city, not near the apartments of Condit or Levy. Ramsey said the search of would resume Monday and would probably take another week to complete.

Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia, a Republican who was the first to call for Condit's resignation over the affair, said Condit ought to step aside as member of the House Intelligence Committee during the investigation of Levy's disappearance.

"The work in which that committee engages is clearly the most sensitive of any committee of the Congress, and for a member to be embroiled in these sorts of problems even as he gets access to our nation's most sensitive secrets, I think, raises a very immediate concern that ought to be addressed," Barr said on CNN's "Burden of Proof" program Friday.

On Thursday another Republican, Rep. Scott McInnis of Colorado, called for Condit's resignation and said he would ask the House Ethics Committee to write a rule making it clear that sexual relationships between interns and members of Congress are unethical.

McInnis said the California Democrat went too far in his relationship with Levy. "He has crossed the line and we've got to have the gumption to say 'Enough is enough,'" he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "We have to assure this nation that this [Congress] is an institution of honor, and that our interns are not back here for the lovemaking purposes of U.S. congressmen."






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