Fox News: F.B.I. Raid City Hall Offices, Two Homes of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh
HEINRICH: "Trace, it’s not just the governor. The entire City Council and the Maryland House of Delegates also called for her to step down. Mayor Pugh has been on sick leave for three weeks. She’s not indicated when she’s coming back and there’s the rub. She just doesn’t have to. There’s no process to impeach a mayor in the Baltimore City Charter and no time limit on leave. The controversy started after the Maryland governor asked for an investigation into sales of Pugh’s children's books called 'Healthy Holly.' Pugh was criticized of selling books to several companies that did business with the city like Kaiser Permanente. 'Baltimore Sun' reported that Kaiser brought 20,000 copies of 'Healthy Holly' during the same time that they were trying to get a contract to provide health insurance to city employees. Kaiser said that book buy had nothing to do with the contract. In total, her business took in about $800,000 in sales. The FBI raided Pugh's two homes and city hall today. They were also at the Maryland Center for Adult Training, which Pugh founded and was being run by three formal staffers. Pugh is not indicted for any crimes so far and the search warrants are sealed, but Pugh’s defense attorney said that the mayor is cooperating, writing, 'The agents were polite and courteous and the process was conducted in expeditious and professional manner. We’ll continue to vigorously defend the mayor who is entitled to the presumption of innocence. A spokesperson for the mayor’s office had no comment for us."