UPDATE: Gov. Hogan declares that today's raid proves that Mayor Pugh is unfit to lead.
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.— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) April 25, 2019
Federal officials searched Mayor Catherine E. Pugh’s home and City Hall office Thursday in the midst of her children's book scandal. Reports told us that Maryland health providers paid Pugh hundreds of thousands of dollars for her self-published “Healthy Holly” children’s books.
Gov. Larry Hogan called for an investigation into the matter and the FBI is now very involved.
FBI spokesman Dave Fitz said Thursday morning that federal agents were conducting a court-authorized search of City Hall and Pugh’s home. Agents also were searching the Maryland Center for Adult Training and the apartment of a Pugh aide, Gary Brown, Fitz said. The center is a non-profit the mayor has been involved in.
The arrival of federal agents from the FBI’s Baltimore field office and the IRS’s criminal investigation team from D.C. was the first public signal of federal law enforcement interest. (Washington Post)
Pugh took an indefinite leave of absence last month due to what she claimed were health issues.