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Baltimore mayor in poor health, not ‘lucid’ after FBI, IRS raids her home: attorney

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh (D) is in poor health and is not “lucid” enough to make a decision on whether to resign amid a scandal over her business dealings, her attorneys said Thursday.

Pugh’s attorney Steve Silverman made the comment following FBI raids on her homes and offices.

{mosads}“She is leaning toward making the best decision in the best interest in the citizens of Baltimore City,” Silverman said, according to The Baltimore Sun.

He told reporters Thursday that the mayor was saddened by the raids of seven locations linked to her administration, including two houses she owns in the city, the home of a former aide, her city hall office and others according to multiple news reports. Pugh’s office has said the mayor is recovering from a bout of pneumonia.

Silverman said he spoke to Pugh on Thursday and that she is “physically still ill, and she is obviously emotionally and extremely distraught.”

“I feel terrible for her as a human being,” he added, according to WBALTV.

Pugh has been at the center of controversy following a Baltimore Sun report that Kaiser Permanente paid about $114,000 for 20,000 copies of her children’s book series, the “Healthy Holly” books, between 2015 and 2018, while seeking a $48 million contract with the city that it was awarded in 2017.

Video taken outside of one of the mayor’s homes earlier Thursday showed FBI agents leaving the residence with multiple boxes of evidence, amid some news reports that indicated Pugh was attempting to skip town.

CBS affiliate WJZ reported that Pugh remained at one of her Baltimore residences Thursday after meeting with her legal team. She remains on temporary leave as mayor while an investigation into the “Healthy Holly” book deal is investigated by state and federal authorities.

“We are fully cooperating with the investigative process,” a spokesman for the mayor told NBC affiliate WBAL.

In announcing her leave of absence earlier this month, Pugh’s office said the mayor needed time to recover from her illness.

“She has been advised by her physicians that she needs to take time to recover and focus on her health. At this time, with the Mayor’s health deteriorating, she feels as though she is unable to fulfill her obligations,” her office said at the time.

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