Brazil Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot calls for investigations into bribery and political kickbacks against six cabinet ministers and over 100 lawmakers.
Carlos Lima said the Odebrecht statements expanded the probe far beyond expectations and would ensnare top congressmen, senior members of the executive branch and other powerful figures.
“My government would never interfere in the investigation which is the hands of the police, prosecutors and judiciary,” Temer said in the statement to reporters. “The government will not shield anyone.”
Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot had earlier this week accused ex-President Jose Sarney, who now sits in the Senate, along with Senators Romero Juca and Renan Calheiros of conducting “political maneuvers” in a bid to hamper the massive investigation, known as Operation Carwash.
Brazilian Supreme Court justice Teori Zavascki was killed when the small aircraft he was in came down in heavy rain on Thursday.
New lands have not been demarcated for indigenous groups since August amid a push by lawmakers from Brazil’s rural areas to change the process, said former FUNAI president Marcio Santilli in comments echoed by campaigners.
At least 33 inmates have been killed in a gang massacre inside a Brazilian prison after 56 were killed and mutilated in a jail riot in a neighbouring state.
Disapproval of Brazilian President Michel Temer’s government spiked as the economy failed to rebound from its deepest slump in decades, according to a poll.
“We were worried because we knew the Workers Party would put pressure on Viana to delay the vote,” a senior Brazilian President Michel Temer aide said.
Cabral served as governor from 2007 till 2014, when he quit amid suspicions of corruption and growing street demonstrations against him.
The blacklisted companies employ 90,000 engineers and technical staff, and have contracts with hundreds of suppliers.
US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew commended Temer’s “ambitious” steps to regain consumer and investor confidence in Brazil after crippling, two-year recession.
The demonstrators, however, called for new elections as they chanted “Out with Temer!”
When it comes to corruption allegations, the politicians judging suspended president Dilma Rousseff seem less worried.