FBI Talks to Condit Attorney

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Byline: John Drake

Rep. Gary A. Condit's attorney met with law enforcement officials yesterday to discuss the possibility of a fourth interview with the congressman about missing former intern Chandra Levy, a top D.C. police official said.

Abbe Lowell met with the officials at the FBI's Washington Field Office to discuss the interview and the private polygraph Mr. Condit took a few weeks ago, Executive Assistant Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer said.

Also yesterday, Mr. Condit, California Democrat, agreed to help the FBI create a profile of Miss Levy as law-enforcement seeks a fresh look at the 3-month-old disappearance of the former federal intern, according to sources familiar with the FBI's contact with the congressman.

The sources, who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, said the congressmen's session with a team of FBI profilers could occur as early as this week, depending on Mr. Condit's schedule.

The sources said the FBI told Mr. Condit's attorneys they intended to conduct the session without D.C. police present.

Agent Bradley Garrett, who specializes in drawn-out cases for the FBI's Washington Field Office, arranged the profile session yesterday in discussions with Mr. Condit's attorneys, the sources said.

Mr. Garrett indicated to Mr. Condit's legal team that the FBI was taking a fresh look at Miss Levy's disappearance, and that the profilers would seek information from Mr. Condit and others on where Miss Levy might have gone, who she might have seen or any reason she might have been vulnerable when she disappeared, the sources said.

D.C. police officials in recent days have been publicly pressing for Mr. Condit to talk to investigators a fourth time and submit to a lie-detector test administered by the FBI.

Mr. Lowell announced a few weeks ago that Mr. Condit has passed a lie-detector test, which Mr. Condit paid for, and answered without deception that he was not involved in Miss Levy's disappearance nearly three months ago.

D.C. police officials, who were not aware of the private test, have said the polygraph data they received from Mr. Lowell were "useless" and "not credible."

Yesterday's meeting focused on "the need or value" of a fourth interview, Chief Gainer said, as well as the private polygraph. …