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Marilyn Mosby On Federal Investigation Into Finances: 'I'm Not Going To Discuss That Matter. I Will Refer You To My Attorney'

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Marilyn Mosby On Federal Investigation Into Finances: 'I'm Not Going To Discuss That Matter. I Will Refer You To My Attorney'

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VIC CARTER: --Mosby investigation, the Baltimore City state's attorney makes her first comments since the public revelation of a federal probe into her finances and those of her husband. Hello, everyone. I'm Vic Carter.

MAX MCGEE: And I'm Max McGee. The US Attorney's office has issued multiple subpoenas for financial information about the powerful couple, while the Mosbys' attorney claims it is all a political witch hunt.

VIC CARTER: We also have new reaction from the acting US Attorney and the mayor tonight.

MAX MCGEE: WJZ investigator Mike Hellgren stays on the story live at City Hall. Mike?

MIKE HELLGREN: Vic, Max, Marilyn Mosby declined to answer any specific questions about the investigation. Her attorney has lashed out at federal prosecutors, and their boss is now defending the office.

MARILYN MOSBY: So I'm not gonna discuss that matter. I would refer you to my attorney.

MIKE HELLGREN: State's attorney Marilyn Mosby declined comment on the ongoing federal investigation into her finances and those of her husband, Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby. At a press conference where she announced she would stop prosecuting low-level drug and sex offenses and focus on violent crimes, I asked Mosby whether she felt such initiatives-- she called this one the first for a major American city-- made her a target.

MARILYN MOSBY: I couldn't tell you what would place a target. I can just tell you that in this position, I'm gonna always do what I believe is in the best interests of my city, and my community, and public safety. Whether that makes me a target is on someone else.

MIKE HELLGREN: The attorney representing Mosby in the federal investigation has said prosecutors are targeting her unfairly because she and her husband are what he called "progressive change agents."

A. SCOTT BOLDEN: Look, she's been sued by the police before. She certainly stood up and prosecuted cops for Freddie Gray.

MIKE HELLGREN: In a subpoena WJZ obtained, the US attorney's office is demanding six years of tax returns and other financial information from the couple, who deny wrongdoing.

JONATHAN LENZNER: We never discuss the existence or nonexistence of any investigation.

MIKE HELLGREN: For the first time, the acting US attorney took questions on the matter and defended his office. The Mosbys' attorney has written the Department of Justice alleging misconduct by the prosecutors handling it and conflicts of interest.

JONATHAN LENZNER: Our office always conducts investigations with the utmost integrity, and I think our record over the years has proven that.

MIKE HELLGREN: WJZ also asked Mayor Scott about the investigation into the Mosbys.

BRANDON SCOTT: Restoring trust in city government is a top priority for me. I'm aware of the investigation. These investigations will take-- it will take its place. They have a start course. They have and end course. But I will not be distracted from what the citizens of Baltimore have tasked me to do.

MIKE HELLGREN: And the mayor says he is not going to be commenting any further on this matter. The Mosbys are not facing any criminal charges. Reporting live at City Hall, Mike Hellgren, WJZ.