Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called on Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to resign after FBI and IRS agents raided two of her homes and City Hall in a scandal over the sale of her “Healthy Holly” children’s books.
“Mayor Pugh has lost the public trust,” Hogan, a Republican, said in a statement. “She is clearly not fit to lead. For the good of the city, Mayor Pugh must resign.”
Pugh, a Democrat, went on indefinite paid leave earlier this month for what her office said were health issues.
Five of her staffers are also on paid leave.
The probe began after Hogan, responding to newspaper reports, called on the office of the state prosecutor to begin a criminal investigation into the allegations of wrongdoing that he called “deeply disturbing.”
FBI spokesman Dave Fitz said multiple agents were “executing court-authorized search warrants” at “both residences and City Hall.”
Agents were also gathering evidence at a third location, an adult training center Pugh once ran, The Baltimore Sun reported.
The mayor’s spokesman, James Bentley, said he had no immediate comment on the raids.
SOURCE: Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY