Anaheim, California, Mayor Harry Sidhu resigned Monday after being named as a target of a federal investigation into corruption surrounding the $320 million deal to sell the Los Angeles Angels’ stadium.
While denying any wrongdoing, Sidhu’s attorney, Paul Meyer, said in a statement that Sidhu will step down effective Tuesday in “the best interests of Anaheim and allow this great City to move forward without distraction.”
“A fair and thorough investigation will prove that Mayor Harry Sidhu did not leak secret information in the hopes of a later political campaign contribution. His unwavering goal from the start has been to keep the Angels in Anaheim,” Meyer said.
FBI agent Brian Adkins alleged in a federal search warrant affidavit that the Republican mayor gave the Angels confidential information during the city’s negotiations with team owner Arte Moreno’s company over the sale of Angel Stadium with hopes of getting a campaign donation in return, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The city first agreed to sell the 150-acre stadium site to the team owner in 2019, though earlier this month, an Orange County Superior Court judge approved a request by California Attorney General Rob Bonta to halt the sale over the corruption inquiry.
Sidhu has not been charged with any crimes. He was first elected as mayor in 2018 and was up for reelection this November.
The Washington Examiner reached out to Sidhu’s office for comment.