• Categories
  • Archives

Brazil’s President Legal Team in a Rush to Clear Their Client and Avoid Impeachment

Temer meet with the leaders of his political allies in Congress - Marcos Corrêa/PR Temer meet with the leaders of his political allies in Congress - Marcos Corrêa/PR

Embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer quickly presented his legal defense against corruption allegations to lawmakers, a move seen as a bid to reduce the likelihood of being suspended from office and tried at the Supreme Court.

Temer’s lawyer submitted the defense on the second day of Chamber of Deputies commission proceedings to consider the matter, eight days ahead of deadline.

Allies of the president want a quick vote on the issue in hopes of putting an end to the political uncertainty this month.

However his adversaries favor a more drawn-out process with ample time for any more damaging information to emerge, figuring it improves their prospects of winning over votes against the unpopular leader.

Brazil’s top prosecutor Rodrigo Janot accuses Temer of accepting bribes from businesspeople in exchange for political favors. Temer, who is also being investigated for possible obstruction of justice and criminal organization, denies the allegations.

Regardless of the commission’s decision on the corruption count, the full house will vote on Temer’s fate with a two-thirds super majority required to suspend him.

The 98-page defense delivered to the commission by attorney Antonio Mariz de Oliveira argued that the accusation against Temer is based on “assumptions” and “fiction.”

Temer’s defense also wants lawmakers to disregard a recording of the president in a secret meeting with an executive of meatpacker JBS that triggered the accusations.

Oliveira did not rule out the possibility of Temer appearing before congress to defend himself.

Brazil’s president isn’t the only politician facing corruption charges. A sprawling investigation into kickbacks and illegal campaign financing has ensnared dozens of the country’s political elite.

On Wednesday, a federal court in São Paulo, however, dismissed an investigation of former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso for illegal campaign financing.

The allegations dated to campaigns in the 1990s, and the judge ruled the statute of limitations had expired, according to the court’s press office.

Mercopress

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazilian Federal Police Report Urges Indictment of Lula’s Former Minister

A Brazilian Federal Police report strongly recommends a former minister and close advisor of ...

The Noose Is Tightening for Brazil’s Workers Party

A medical doctor by training, Antonio Palocci was Brazilian former president Luiz Inácio Lula ...

US and Brazilian presidents meet in Washington on March 19, 2019.

US-Brazil Relations: From Complex Times to the Trump-Bolsonaro Era

US-Brazil relations during the early 21st century reflect the ongoing aspirations of two nations ...

Brazilian president Michel Temer

Exhausted and Dazed to Act, Brazilians Might Just Keep a Corrupt President

Brazil’s president faces criminal charges and 2% approval rating – but here’s how he ...

Brazil: Get Lula! Now! Or Else…

The interminable, ghastly telenovela aiming at turning Brazil, the seventh-largest economy in the world, ...

Brazil’s Lula Pans Those Who Are Betting on His Failure

Brazil’s government will not alter the country’s direction on account of the 2006 elections. ...

Brazil President Refuses do Answer Why Her Party Backs Up Top Corrupt PT Leaders

Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil, admitted “many problems and challenges” still plague the ...