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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.
Brazil’s Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot plans to ask the Supreme Court for authorization to investigate ministers in President Michel Temer’s cabinet and senior senators from his PMDB party for corruption as soon as this week, a source familiar with the plans said on Sunday.
President Michel Temer’s government expects a federal judge to recommend his removal for illegal campaign funding but believes it can stall a final decision by Brazil’s top electoral court until after he leaves office next year, aides said.
“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.
President Michel Temer, who also authorized the use of federal troops to quell uprisings in prisons last month that led to around 140 deaths in various states, dispatched the country’s defense minister to Espirito Santo on Monday.
Maia promised to make the lower chamber a “protagonist” in Temer’s reform agenda and give priority to passage of a bill modernizing Brazil’s outdated labor laws, a major demand from the businessmen struggling with a two-year recession.
“In times of crisis, workers need more protection not less,” Prosecutor-General for Labor Ronaldo Fleury, whose office in responsible for chasing labor law violations from slavery to child labor, said at a news conference.
“We will have to focus carefully on unemployment. That is our main worry, and that requires economic growth,” President Michel Temer said.
Joao Doria, a millionaire businessman who once hosted “The Apprentice Brazil,” took the oath of office in the country’s financial capital of Sao Paulo.
President Michel Temer, fighting for survival over corruption allegations against him, is planning new measures to jump start a stalled economy.
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.
Brazil’s Supreme Court met on Wednesday to defuse a constitutional crisis triggered by an injunction from one of its justices ordering Senate President Renan Calheiros to step aside.
Vieira Lima is the fourth Cabinet minister to quit over corruption allegations since Temer replaced Dilma Rousseff earlier this year.
Brazil’s Senate approved an extension of a program allowing Brazilians to repatriate undeclared off-shore assets that collected 46.8 billion reais in taxes.
Rousseff’s lawyers handed over electoral court documents showing Andrade Gutierrez transferred 1 million reais to PMDB’s general campaign finance fund.
“Relations between Brazil and the United States are institutional. I am sure that nothing will change,” President Michel Temer said.
Prosecutor-General says, “The proposal invades judicial system budgeting competence, risking to impact the exercise of its constitutional functions.”