Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh is in a world of trouble. She was already being investigated for a questionable book deal. Now her home and office have been raided by feds and people are calling for her resignation.
FBI, IRS raid on Baltimore mayor prompts calls for resignation
U.S. authorities on Thursday executed search warrants at the home and offices of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Maryland’s Republican governor said on Thursday, prompting further calls for the Democratic city leader to resign.
The FBI and the Internal Revenue Service conducted the raids on Pugh’s home and Baltimore City Hall amid allegations of improper financial dealings with the University of Maryland Medical System, Governor Larry Hogan said on Twitter.
“Mayor Pugh has lost the public trust. She is clearly not fit to lead. For the good of the city, Mayor Pugh must resign,” Hogan wrote.
City Councilman Brandon Scott also called for Pugh’s resignation, saying in a statement: “Baltimore needs to move forward and heal from this embarrassment.” The Baltimore City Council previously called for her resignation earlier this month.
Pugh has faced scrutiny in recent weeks over sales of her self-published children’s books and allegations – first reported by the Baltimore Sun – that she made sales deals with healthcare entities that have ties to the local government, including the state university’s medical system.
Representatives for the FBI and the IRS did not respond to a request for comment.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Pugh has been missing, and her lawyer says she’s unable to make decisions.
CBS News in Baltimore reports:
Where Is Catherine Pugh? Baltimore Mayor Not Physically, Mentally Able To Make Decisions, Attorney Says
Where is Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh? It’s the question buzzing around the city as the FBI and IRS raid Pugh’s home, City Hall and several other locations tied to her Thursday. But, no one has seen the mayor even though she’s supposed to be recovering from pneumonia.
WJZ has learned Pugh is at one of her Baltimore homes after meeting with her legal team Thursday afternoon,
An earlier report said she may have been trying to get out of town, but attorney Steve Silverman spoke to the WJZ outside her home Thursday and said the mayor is physically ill and emotionally saddened. He said she apologized for letting down the people of Baltimore with any appearance of wrongdoing.
Pugh is not mentally or physically able to make any decisions Thursday, according to Silverman.
This situation is probably going to get worse before it gets better.