Condit target of grand jury subpoena

Condit target of grand jury subpoena

By Joe Baker

By Joe Baker

Senior Editor

Congressman Gary Condit, D-Calif., revealed last week that he has been served with a grand jury subpoena in connection with the disappearance of Chandra Levy.

Condit, in a letter to U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill, stated a “subpoena for documents” was issued by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. (

Police there have been leading the investigation into last April’s disappearance of the 24-year-old Levy and have repeatedly questioned Condit.

The congressman, who is married, first denied any intimate relationship with Levy, but later admitted to having an affair with the young woman. He reportedly told police about that last July, saying he was with Levy around the time she turned up missing. She has not been found.

The 53-year-old Condit plans to seek re-election to a seventh two-year term from his California district next year. Police contend he is not a target of their investigation of the missing person case.

Abbe Lowell, Condit’s attorney, said last week that his client would furnish law enforcement with all the requested information, but he did not see the need for a subpoena.

Lowell said Condit has given full cooperation in the past, undergoing four interviews, furnishing documents, and allowing his apartment to be searched. The attorney said Condit offered further assistance, but the government made no further requests, but instead subpoenaed additional information.

“Issuing a subpoena was not necessary,” Lowell said. “However, whatever the reasons for its issuance, Congressman Condit and his office will, as they have in the past, provide the information law enforcement seeks.”

Last summer, Condit was the principal topic in national news reports before the attacks of 9/11 removed him from newscasts and front pages. His hometown’s main newspaper, The Modesto Bee, has called on him to resign. Television talk shows rehashed his involvement in the Levy case on almost a daily basis.

The letter to Hastert was dated Nov. 14th.

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