Time for the US Attorney for the District of Maryland to Investigate
Mayor Catherine Pugh has been taking a whipping from the media. (“Pugh quits UMMS board,” 3-19-19; “Payments labeled as ‘grants’,” 3-20-19; “Inaugural forms not filed with the IRS,” 3-22-19; and more)
Is there any wonder why? Could it be she has not been able to get a handle on the crime problem in Baltimore City? Could it be that her selection of police commissioners for the Baltimore City Police Department – until now – have proven to be terrible? Could it be she has been unsuccessful in dealing with the failing, dysfunctional public school system in Baltimore City?
Could it be she got her hand caught in the cookie jar with regard to her children’s book deal scheme with the University of Maryland Medical System? Mayor Pugh’s reactions and responses to this “BOOKGATE” scandal are illuminating. She borrows a page from Donald Trump, calling the investigations into her transaction a witch hunt. She asserts she pays her taxes and files everything, yet she refuses to provide copies of tax records related to the book deal. She returns $100,000 from the overall amount of $500,000 to the University of Maryland Medical System. (If she did no wrong, why is she giving the money back?)
Furthermore, she was required to recently amend 7 years of ethics forms she filed when she was in the state Senate because her Healthy Holly children’s book information was not reported. Her defense consists of calling it an error and claiming not to be perfect.
We also learn that the required financial disclosures for Mayor Pugh’s inauguration were not filed.
Therefore, I am calling for the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland to conduct a thorough investigation to determine whether or not Mayor Pugh has engaged in criminal behavior.