JBS chairman taped Brazil president discussing hush money -O Globo

Batista also presented the Supreme Court and Brazilian newspaper O Globo with a recording that allegedly provided evidence of Temer encouraging one of his subordinates, former federal deputy Rodrigo Lourdes, to "resolve" a matter with JBS holding company J & F. Subsequently, Lourdes was filmed receiving a briefcase containing 500,000 reals ($159,400) from Joesley.

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

"If the recordings are confirmed, Temer would have to defend his mandate on multiple fronts", said political analyst Thomaz Favaro of the consultancy Control Risks, citing the danger of public pressure for Temer's resignation, lawmakers' calls for impeachment and a possible investigation by the nation's top prosecutor. Mr Cunha was later imprisoned on a 15-year sentence for corruption.

"He did not participate in, nor did he authorise, any movement with an aim to avoid that the former congressman make a plea bargain deal or co-operate with justice".

Temer took over a year ago after the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff, a political quake to a large extent engineered by the then-powerful Cunha. Temer said his conversation with Batista did not "compromise his conduct" as president.

When Batista told Temer he was paying Cunha to remain silent, the president was recorded saying, "You need to keep that up, OK?" according to the newspaper report, which did not identify a source for the information.

Also named in the JBS plea bargain is Aecio Neves, the head of the Brazil Social Democratic Party (PSDB), who narrowly lost the last presidential race to Ms. Rousseff and was considered a contender for president in the next election.

Investigators mounting what's called the "Car Wash" probe have uncovered huge embezzlement from Petrobras, with scores of politicians accused of taking bribes from executives in exchange for sweetheart contracts with the state-owned oil company. "It just keeps coming, in this country, because we have a corrupt and degenerate political caste". On being stripped of the presidency her vice president, Temer automatically took over.

Globo's report had an immediate impact.

"These people, like me, when they saw that on the news, they came here spontaneously, because they can't take it any more". Opposition members of Congress were reported to be negotiating the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment to try to force Mr. Temer out.

Some of the president's leftist opponents have already called for his impeachment over the report.

Recommended News

  • New whales, dolphins banned from Vancouver Aquarium

    New whales, dolphins banned from Vancouver Aquarium

    Under the new rules, the three marine mammals are allowed to stay at the aquarium, but aren't permitted to perform in shows. Immediately following the vote, the Vancouver Aquarium threatened to file a lawsuit against the Vancouver Park Board.
    Carroll says Seahawks considering Kaepernick as backup

    Carroll says Seahawks considering Kaepernick as backup

    Boykin backed up Russell Wilson for the entire 2016 season without ever seeing game action, but is in danger of losing his job. But playing behind a lackluster offensive line has left him vulnerable, and Wilson was banged up for much of last season.
    Aaron Hernandez' Prison Boytoy: 'Devastated' By The Star's Sudden Death

    Aaron Hernandez' Prison Boytoy: 'Devastated' By The Star's Sudden Death

    Hernandez was found hanged in his prison cell on April 19, days while serving a life sentence for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd . Jenkins-Hernandez said the toddler would sit in Hernandez's lap, color with him and play cards during those prison visits.
  • The Avril Lavigne Death Hoax That Won't Die

    The Avril Lavigne Death Hoax That Won't Die

    Though this hoax only became viral recently, this has actually been going on for more than a few years. At least, so says a popular conspiracy theory, which, this week, has reemerged all over the internet.
    Prince Harry, Meghan Markle kiss after first public event

    Prince Harry, Meghan Markle kiss after first public event

    On Saturday, Meghan joined Harry at the annual charity event, where he hit the fields with a gorgeous horse and galloped about. Unfortunately, Pippa chose to enforce this policy after Harry's friend Tom Inskip's wedding, which Markle attended.

    Merkel's party wins vote in rivals' German heartland

    The SPD's vote is down by 8.6% on the last election there in 2012 - while Merkel's vote is up by nearly the same amount. Kraft told ARD television she had "asked Martin Schulz to let national politics wait until the election was over".
  • Sensex, Nifty Seen Opening Flat

    Sensex, Nifty Seen Opening Flat

    The top gainers in the Sensex pack on Tuesday included Hero Motocorp, ITC, State Bank of India, Maruti Suzuki India, Tata Motors and Bajaj Auto.
    Upcoming Disney Movie Held Ransom By Hackers, CEO Says

    Upcoming Disney Movie Held Ransom By Hackers, CEO Says

    Now, Disney are allegedly working with federal investigators to see if the hackers follow through with their threats. The entire episode is eerily similar to the recent high-profile leak of Netflix's " Orange Is the New Black ".
    Malania Says Barron Will Attend Private Episcopal School In Maryland

    Malania Says Barron Will Attend Private Episcopal School In Maryland

    In 2011, the school instituted an innovative research center called the Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning, or CTTL. Per the Patch , tuition for the private school is $38,590 a year - high schoolers' tuition jumps up to about $40,650.
  • Convicted soldier Chelsea Manning will stay on active duty

    Her medical treatment was not the only area over which Manning was feeling "joy" toward recovering her autonomy. We wrote questions that Chelsea duly typed answers to during her limited time in the prison computer suite.

    Tillerson: Trump weighs embassy move impact on Mideast peace

    The Palestinians, Zomlot said, were convinced of Trump's desire to "make peace" but acknowledged his approach remained unclear. Stating that India held a prominent place in the world, he said New Delhi has to play a role in the Middle East peace process.

    SCOTUS declines to review discriminatory North Carolina voter ID law

    Just before Trump took office, the Justice Department also urged the Supreme Court to reject the North Carolina appeal. Per custom, the Supreme Court did not offer an official reason for their decision not to hear the case.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.