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Representative Condit Denies Involvement In Chandra Levy's Dissapearance - 2001-08-24

U.S. Representative Gary Condit has ended a four-month public silence by insisting he had nothing to do with the disappearance of intern Chandra Levy. The California congressman issued a letter to his constituents, as he conducted an interview scheduled for broadcast Thursday evening.

Mr. Condit admitted in the letter to what he called his "share of mistakes," but he did not elaborate. He reminded constituents of his 30 years of public service, and insisted he has cooperated with investigators.

Mr. Condit has reportedly admitted to an affair with the intern, but only during the third of four police interviews. Ms. Levy's family lives in the congressman's Central California district. The 24-year-old woman was last seen in Washington April 30.

Police have said repeatedly Mr. Condit is not a suspect in the case. But some constituents and colleagues have criticized the congressman for his public silence, which they say has hurt the investigation.

Mr. Condit was first elected to Congress in 1988. He served in the California legislature before that.

The congressman's taped interview with ABC television reporter Connie Chung was expected to draw a large audience. An earlier interview with People magazine will be released on Friday. Mr. Condit also plans to speak with Newsweek magazine, and with local media outlets in his California district.