Embattled Rep. Gary Condit is talking with the TV networks about doing an interview to discuss the disappearance of attractive Washington intern Chandra Levy, who has been missing for six weeks, The Post has learned.
Under intense pressure to come clean about what he knows, the California Democrat also is holding crisis meetings with political advisers this weekend to discuss ways of shoring up his faltering career.
Ideally, Condit, 53, would like to appear on a news magazine like CBS' 60 Minutes or ABC's 20/20 and have a one-on-one interview - a setting similar to the one Bill Clinton used to discuss the Gennifer Flowers affair.
It is not known what the married father of two grown children would reveal, but friends of the congressman are now saying the 24-year-old Levy was infatuated with him.
They insist, however, that whatever relationship existed between the two had nothing to do with her disappearance.
The hazel-eyed, dark-haired beauty, who had just completed a six-month internship with the Bureau of Prisons, was last heard from on May 1 when she e-mailed her parents in Modesto, Calif.
On both April 29 and April 30, the last two days before she vanished, Levy made several calls to Condit, nicknamed "Mr. Blow Dry" in Congress, The Post learned.
Levy had been very secretive about whom she had been dating.
But in an interview with The Washington Post on Thursday, her mother, Susan Levy, said a relative told her in April the mystery man was Condit, the family's hometown congressman.
The distraught mom then called her daughter and put the question to her point-blank.
"Chandra said, ‘How did you know?' " Mrs. Levy said.
To help with the crusade to find their daughter, Susan Levy and her husband, Robert, have hired a high-powered Washington lawyer who may make a statement tomorrow.
In a blitz of interviews, the couple have indicated they believe people who have information about the disappearance are under pressure not to step forward.
The Post has learned the relative in whom Chandra confided - who lives on the East Coast - is reluctant to go public even though she has talked to the family and cops.
At his Modesto home yesterday, Robert Levy said the lawyer was hired to press for more federal involvement in the case. The FBI has been involved, but the main investigators are the Washington police.
The Washington Post interview intensified the pressure on Condit, who also has hired a high-powered lawyer, Joseph Cotchett, who helped the E. & J. Gallo Winery win a legal battle against a rival.
Cotchett is seeking retractions from several media outlets - including The Washington Post - for a story quoting cops as saying Chandra Levy spent the night at Condit's Washington apartment.
Levy met Condit last October, when she went to his office to visit a friend, Jennifer Baker, who was working there as an intern.
After she vanished, Condit put out a statement calling her "a good friend and a great person," and then clammed up.