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Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro is apparently burdened by video footage

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In the investigation against the Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro Due to allegations of political interference, a video recording apparently appeared that incriminated the president.

During a cabinet meeting last month, Bolsonaro said, according to the Reuters news agency, that he needed to change the head of the Rio de Janeiro federal police to protect family members who were being investigated. Reuters found this out from a person familiar with the video.

The recording was presented to investigators who deal with the Allegations by former Justice Minister Sérgio Moro. Moro resigned two days after the said cabinet meeting in April and accused Bolsonaro of interfering in law enforcement for personal reasons.

Bolsonaro previously had the chief of the federal police, Mauricio Valeixo, released. Moro’s lawyers said the video “fully substantiates” the allegations against the president.

Bolsonaro says he is not worried

Bolsonaro stressed that he was not concerned about the Supreme Court’s investigation and said that the federal police had never investigated his family. According to Reuters, Bolsonaro stated that the word “federal police” could not be heard on the recording in question, but he believed the video should have been destroyed.

After transcribing the video and interviewing the ministers involved, the Attorney General will decide whether to act against Bolsonaro for abuse of power and obstruction of the judiciary. Should the Supreme Court and two-thirds of the House of Commons see substantiated evidence of guilt, the President would be removed from office and the Supreme Court sued.

Bolsonaro has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks. The Corona virus has already killed over 11,000 people in Brazil – Bolsonaro downplayed the virus as “mild flu” in the first weeks of the pandemic. A few weeks ago, Bolsonaro dismissed his health minister over disputes about how to deal with the crisis.

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