The top prosecutor in Baltimore, who was indicted this week on federal charges of perjury, modeled herself after Vice President Kamala Harris, who in turn supported her protégé and said she “can not fail.”
Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, 41, previously called Harris her “inspiration” and “role model” as a progressive prosecutor, and proudly posted a photo of them smiling together on her Instagram.
“There would be no Marilyn Mosby without Kamala Harris,” the scandal-ridden prosecutor told The Baltimore Sun in November 2020 after her idol’s historic position as VP-elect.
“She’s a bold, radiant, beautiful black woman,” Mosby whispered, saying Harris “inspired” her to run as the city’s top prosecutor, a position to be re-elected later this year.
Mosby said she used Harris’ own work as a state attorney in California as a model for her progressive reforms, which already made her a divisive figure ahead of her federal jury indictment Thursday on charges of perjury and false mortgage applications.
The respect was not one-sided, and Harris had campaigned in support of the rising Democrat figure, helping Mosby keep his job at $ 248,000 a year, according to Fox News.
“When we march and we shout about what we need to do to reform the criminal justice system, we better understand that we have to march and shout with our paychecks,” the then senator said. Harris reportedly said during a fundraiser in Los Angeles in 2017.
“And all the work we can do to actually ensure that someone like Marilyn Mosby is re-elected to that office, to not only get convictions, but also have convictions,” Harris said at the time, according to the Fox report.
Even then, Harris admitted that there were “many people who are very critical” of her protégé.
“She can not fail, and I know she will not fail,” Harris said according to Fox.
Mosby, who is married to Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby, got the top job in 2015 and was re-elected in 2018. She has until next month to file paperwork to seek her third term in the election later this year.
The four-point indictment on Thursday accuses her of falsely twice having suffered a work-related financial distress from COVID-19 for requesting early withdrawals totaling $ 90,000 from her city employees’ retirement account to buy Florida homes instead.
The two cases of perjury each have a maximum penalty of five years in prison, and the two mortgage-related matters each provide a maximum of 30 years in prison.
“We will fight these accusations vigorously, and I remain convinced that once all the evidence is presented, she will prevail over these false accusations,” said her attorney, A. Scott Bolden.
He insisted the charges were “rooted in personal, political and racial reluctance five months after her election.”
The White House did not respond to requests for comment, Fox News said.
With Post wires