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Brazil: The Temer scandal

LADB has your back. Here’s how Jordana Timerman’s post starts, but you need to go over and read it all:
businessmen secretly recorded Brazilian President Michel Temer telling
them to continue paying a jailed politician hush money, according to a
report yesterday by O Globo that has scandalized a country already accustomed to House of Cards plot twists. 

The tape
from March forms part of the plea bargain testimony submitted by
brothers Joesley and Wesley Batista, who run the country’s biggest
meat-packing firm JBS. Their tapes reportedly implicate other high level
politicians such as former presidential candidate Aecio Neves and the
former finance minister Guido Mantega.

In covert recordings
made during two conversations in March, Joesley tells Temer he is paying
former House speaker Eduardo Cunha to keep him quiet, to which the
president allegedly replies: “You have to keep it going, OK?” The
executives carried a recorder in their pocket in conversations with
politicians, according to O Globo. It’s not clear what Cunha was
allegedly being paid to keep silent about.

Full report here, today’s must-read on LatAm.

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