Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Has Home Raided By IRS And FBI
Mayor Catherine Pugh is on leave of absence amid scandal surrounding book sales
Agents of the FBI and IRS raided the two homes and city hall offices of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh (D) amid a scandal and calls from the Republican governor for her to resign, according to a report by the Baltimore Sun.
“Today, agents for the FBI and the IRS executed search warrants at the mayor’s homes and offices,” Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said to the Sun. “Now, more than ever, Baltimore city needs strong and responsible leadership. Mayor Pugh has lost the public trust. She is clearly not fit to lead. For the good of the city, Mayor Pugh must resign.”
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More pics from FBI raid on City Hall pic.twitter.com/GigEhanBaA— Peter Hermann (@phscoop) April 25, 2019'
As the scandal around her "Healthy Holly" books continues to engulf the city, some from Pugh's own party are growing wary of the continuing investigation.
“This is too much for our city,” Democratic City Councilman Zeke Cohen said. “It puts all of us under a tremendous strain, and again it is not fair either to the people that live here, or the people that work here.”
The scandal, stemming from book sales to Kaiser Permanente totaling over $100,000 according to The Hill and a $48 million contract to provide health benefits to city employees awarded by a board Pugh sat on. Since the scandal broke Pugh announced that would be taking a leave of absence for pneumonia treatment.
"She has been advised by her physicians that she needs to take time to recover and focus on her health. At this time, with the Mayor's health deteriorating, she feels as though she is unable to fulfill her obligations," the office said at the time.
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