On Monday (June 26), the Head Prosecutor of Brazil’s Federal Public Prosecution Service, Rodrigo Janot, formally accused President Michel Temer of “passive corruption” (i.e., the receipt of bribes) based on the testimony of executives from J&F Group, which controls meatpacking giant JBS.… Continue Reading
Brazil’s chief prosecutor formally accused President Michel Temer of taking $11.5 million in bribes from a meatpacker in exchange for help resolving tax disputes and securing bank loans.
In a statement sent Monday to Brazil’s Supreme Court, Prosecutor-General Rodrigo Janot charged Temer with agreeing to take money from JBS SA.… Continue Reading
Brazil’s Supreme Court has authorized a federal investigation into Brazilian President Michel Temer’s role in the sprawling corruption scandal known as Operation Car Wash. If Temer’s presidency does not survive the investigation — and I’m betting it won’t — it will be another chapter in what may be the most dramatic anti-corruption enforcement story this world has ever seen.… Continue Reading
Brazil’s Senate voted Wednesday to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office. The vote was 61 to 20, well clear of the two-thirds needed to pass the impeachment motion.
The Senate had suspended Rousseff in May after voting to hold an impeachment trial.… Continue Reading
Brazil’s interim president Michele Temer has denied allegations that he received campaign donations tied to the Petrobras corruption scandal.
In a plea deal seen by Reuters, former Petrobras transportation chief Sergio Machado alleges that Temer requested and received a legal campaign contribution from Queiroz Galvao, a Brazil-based engineering group.… Continue Reading
Brazil’s historic anti-corruption moment has reached a glorious, if ironic, crescendo.
The new Transparency Minister — arguably the nation’s chief anti-corruption officer — has resigned. It came in the wake of revelations that he was counseling a senator on how to avoid prosecution for corruption.… Continue Reading
Brazil’s anti-corruption effort remains largely in tact, though at least two recent events begin to raise suspicions.
First, as reported last week, Michel Temer (the acting president) dissolved Brazil’s principal anti-corruption agency, the Comptroller General (CGU), replacing it with a new Transparency Ministry.… Continue Reading