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

  • Trump claims 'absolute right' to share info with Russia

    Trump claims 'absolute right' to share info with Russia

    The U.S. and Western officials spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive information. The Department of Homeland Security has been considering expanding the restriction to flights from Europe.
    Trump Says New FBI Director Could Be Named Next Week

    Trump Says New FBI Director Could Be Named Next Week

    Trump told Fox News he did not ask Comey to pledge loyalty and only wants him to be honest. Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless.
    China seriously concerned over North Koreas nuclear programme

    China seriously concerned over North Koreas nuclear programme

    Mattis struck an even tougher tone on North Korea in an interview with reporters traveling with him to Saudi Arabia. China has reiterated its call for North Korea to stop all tests, and has also called for a peaceful solution.
  • 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.

    India, Pakistan to battle Jadhav death penalty at ICJ

    Kulbhushan Sudir Jadhav, an Indian former naval officer was arrested in March 2016 in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan. The hearings will be devoted to the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by India".
    White House: Cyberattack has not affected US government

    White House: Cyberattack has not affected US government

    Confirmed at White House meetings, the malware attack affected the U.K.'s National Health Services and Russia's Interior Ministry. Other factors were the large number of old, outdated software programs in use and often ineffective security systems.
  • 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.
    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.

    Washington has resisted in a series with "Boston"

    Home court has been the narrative of this series , one in which the home team has won each of the first six games. Washington's Bradley Beal had 33 points and Wall scored 26 despite shooting nine of 25 from the field.
  • $1 Million All-Star Race takes place Saturday

    NASCAR announced Monday that the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be comprised of four stages, rather than three. The one negative with putting too much emphasis on Atlanta is that it was the first race of the season on a 1.5-mile track.
    US Justice Department to probe police shooting of Texas teen

    US Justice Department to probe police shooting of Texas teen

    Oliver fired a rifle at a auto full of teenagers leaving a party, fatally shooting Edwards who was a passenger in the vehicle. Oliver was booked on a charge of murder and was released on a $300,000 surety bond, according to jail records.
    Mom dies saving daughter from out-of-control car on Mother's Day

    Mom dies saving daughter from out-of-control car on Mother's Day

    - A NY mother was killed while pushing her daughter out of harm's way during a Mother's Day celebration that ended in tragedy. Her father asked the community to remember Diane Aluska as a attractive person who loved life and her family.

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.