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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh expected to resign Thursday

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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh

Steven Silverman, Baltimore Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh’s attorney, says a news conference will be held at 3:30 p.m. today to address the mayor's future plans.  It’s unclear whether Mayor Pugh will be at the press conference. 

Pugh been on paid leave for more than a month to recover from severe case of pneumonia which developed into a severe case of bronchitis. Pugh has been under fire for her Healthy Holly children’s book deals with businesses that work closely with the city, which have earned her hundreds of thousands of dollars. She hasn’t been seen publicly since holding a press conference March 28 where she apologized to the people of Baltimore for what she called a “regrettable mistake” in her $500,000 book deal with the University of Maryland Medical System.

Last week, the FBI and IRS raided multiple locations that included her homes and offices.  Silverman, after meeting with Mayor for more than an hour Wednesday at her Northwest Baltimore home, emerged to tell reporters that he would hold a news conference Thursday at his office downtown. "I intend to schedule a press conference tomorrow afternoon. At that time I will be in a position to tell you what her intentions are moving forward," said Silverman.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Silverman was already in possession of a resignation letter for Pugh and that it was drafted by and given to him by City Solicitor Andre Davis before Silverman traveled to Mayor Pugh’s home.  As a prayer vigil was being held Wednesday evening outside the mayor’s home by a small group of clergy, neighbors and friends, AFRO Newspaper reports that in one-on-one conversation,  Mayor Pugh confided with its Publisher and CEO Frances “Toni” Draper, the she would indeed resign from office effective Thursday.

Other media outlets reported on social media that Pugh’s resignation is all but locked in and all that’s left to be worked out are the details of security access and City Hall keys, etc. The entire Baltimore City Council, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a host of other state lawmakers as well as civic organizations have called for Mayor Pugh's resignation.