It’s like the Keystone Cops…
Brazil’s interim President Michel Temer was under pressure on Monday to drop his anti-corruption minister, the second top official in his new government accused of trying to derail a sprawling bribery and kickback probe before taking office.
Transparency Minister Fabiano Silveira, the man charged with fighting corruption, and Senate President Renan Calheiros became the latest officials ensnared by leaked recordings secretly made by a former oil industry executive as part of a plea bargain.
Those tapes led to the resignation of the planning minister last week, dealing a blow to Temer’s efforts to build a stable government in the wake of the May 12 suspension of leftist President Dilma Rousseff.
In parts of the recordings, aired by Globo TV on Sunday night, Silveira criticizes prosecutors in the probe focused on state-run oil company Petrobras, which has already implicated dozens of politicians and led to the imprisonment of top executives.
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