My Word for July 21, 2001

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For the umpteenth time we are being told about evidence that should remove the cloud of suspicion over Gary Condit's head. Yet, when you look closely at the cloud, it's darker and more ominous than ever.

Newsweek reporters Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball — good reporters, I can assure you —  say that Condit's alibi for the time when Chandra Levy went missing is none other than the vice president of the United States, Dick Cheney himself.

The way the story goes … Condit was with a congressional delegation meeting with the vice president on may 1st, from about 12:30 p.m. to about 1 p.m.

Meanwhile not far away, Chandra Levy was in her apartment on her computer, searching the Internet for various things.

She logged off her computer around 1 p.m. Condit left the vice president at about the same time.

Our Rita Cosby first reported most of this weeks ago. This is not an alibi.

In fact, it raises more questions about precisely where he went in the hours just after his meeting with Cheney. We know he turns up on Capitol Hill later, and says he went to dinner with his wife in the evening.

But what about 1p.m.? Where did he go when he left Cheney? Did he meet chandra?

After all, she left her apartment with only her keys. She had been instructed to never have her I.D. with her when she was with him or meeting him.

And to Chandra sleuths everywhere ... I've got a non-Condit clue bulletin: the cops have disclosed that up to 20 registered sex offenders lived near Chandra.

Hmmmm. They would be the kind of people we would want to talk to … and the cops will, but we're still not done with Condit.

Where did he go after saying goodbye to Cheney?

That's the Colombo question of the hour.

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