The FBI and the IRS on Thursday raided the home of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh as well as city hall… amid calls for her resignation.
The early morning searches come as the Democratic mayor — currently on a leave of absence — faces scrutiny over sales of self-published children’s books.
Maryland’s Republican governor, Larry Hogan, confirmed the raids in a tweet.
Hogan called for a probe into sales of the Mayor’s books to healthcare entities that have ties to the local government.
The Baltimore Sun reported last month the University of Maryland Medical System paid Pugh half a million dollars between 2012 and 2018 to buy copies of her books.
Pugh was serving on the board of the medical system when she received payments.
She was elected mayor in 2016.
And now — some council members are calling for her resignation.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BALTIMORE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, ERIC COSTELLO, SAYING:"Mayor Pugh needs to resign immediately.
This has gone on for far too long." At the end of March, Pugh apologized for making the controversial deals: (SOUNDBITE) (English) BALTIMORE MAYOR CATHERINE PUGH, SAYING: "In hindsight, this arrangement with the University of Maryland Medical System was an incredible mistake." She said her book series, called ‘Healthy Holly’ were part of an effort to encourage young people to make good choices.
Her apology, however, has not won over Governor Hogan… who tweeted, Thursday: “...Mayor Pugh has lost the public trust.
She is clearly not fit to lead.
For the good of the city, Mayor Pugh must resign.” Pugh has been out on a leave of absence since April 1.