Brazil's Temer denies corruption charges

Brazil's Temer denies corruption charges

Brazil's Temer denies corruption charges

In a statement, the president's office said Mr Temer never solicited payments to keep former Speaker of the House Eduardo Cunha silent.

In 2016, President Dilma Rousseff was impeached, due to the combined efforts of Temer and Cunha.

According to the daily, in the conversation, Batista tells Temer he is paying a hefty monthly bribe to jailed former head of the House of Representatives Eduardo Cunha in exchange for Cunha's silence.

Scattered protests sprang up in front of the presidential palace and along Sao Paulo's main avenue as opposition lawmakers and even a high-profile ally called for Temer to step down.

The paper reported that Batista and his brother, Chief Executive Wesley Batista, presented the recording to prosecutors as part of plea bargain negotiations, that were going on since March, adding that JBS also hired a law firm to discuss a leniency deal with the U.S. Department of Justice.

When Batista told Temer he was paying Cunha to remain silent, the president was recorded saying, "You need to keep that up, okay?" according to the newspaper, which did not say how it had obtained the information.

Maia, who would have to accept the demand for proceedings to start, made no comment to reporters as he left for an emergency meeting with the government, Globo reported.

In other countries, a president might see no option but to resign over news such as this, but this is less likely in Brazil, where Mr. Temer will likely hunker down and take refuge in a blizzard of court processes and bureaucracy.

The allegations in O Globo, which is part of the most powerful media group in Latin America's biggest country, were a new shockwave from a corruption scandal tearing apart the country's political elite.

Already a Who's Who of the elite has been imprisoned or placed under investigation.

In that case, Temer would lose the presidency, which he won after a parliamentary coup against the constitutional president, and Dilma would be politically disqualified for eight years, so the way would be paved for an indirect election in the National Congress or general elections.

Temer's right-wing PMDB party was formerly in a coalition with Rousseff's PT before a rupture past year that helped pave the way for the controversial impeachment process, widely condemned as a parliamentary coup.

Justice Gilmar Mendes, who also sits on Brazil's supreme court, said the trial would restart June 6 and that it could take up to a year before a verdict is reached.

Temer quickly set about introducing market reforms to try to get Brazil's floundering economy back on the rails.

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