A judge in the Brazilian Supreme Court released a video of a meeting on Friday in which President Jair Bolsonaro and his ministers repeatedly insult, curse and slip, as part of the investigation against the head of state.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gets stuck. A judge at the Supreme Court in Brazil released the content of a video from a meeting on Friday, May 22, during which Jair Bolsonaro and his ministers multiply the levels, in the context of an investigation directed at the head of the ‘State.
The official video of the April 22 ministerial meeting, supposedly confidential, was submitted by the government to justice. Judge Celso de Mello decided to publish this key exhibition in the investigation to determine if the right-wing president was trying to illegally interfere in the police investigation of some of his relatives.
The charges were made by former Justice Minister Sergio Moro, a very popular former anti-corruption judge who resigned a month ago following the dismissal of the chief of federal police, one of the most important bodies in investigations by Brazil. His departure came two days after the meeting he attended.
At this meeting, whose images are looped on Brazilian TV channels, we can especially see Jair Bolsonaro complaining about not getting information from the federal police. At another point, he said, “I don’t want to wait for my family to get fucked” to change the head of “security” in Rio de Janeiro.
Knowing that the video could be broadcast, the president said last week that he was referring to family security and not to law enforcement as the federal police. But the video is also full of slides from the head of state on other subjects. For example, he says he wants to “arm the population” to avoid a “dictatorship.”
“If it was up to me, I would throw all those assholes in jail”
“It’s easy to impose a dictatorship, a racist mayor takes a damn decree and restricts people to their homes. If they were armed they would walk the streets,” he said. A hint of containment measures taken by the governors of most states to try to prevent the coronavirus pandemic, which has already killed more than 20,000 people in Brazil.
The Minister of Education, Abraham Weintraub, attacked the Supreme Court: “If it were up to me, I would throw all these abuses into prison, starting with the Supreme Court.”
Environment Minister Ricardo Salles wants to exploit the “possibility that the press is targeting the corona virus” to “implement reforms and relax the rules”, especially related to the preservation of the Amazon.
The broadcast of this video is particularly embarrassing for a government that is stuck in a serious institutional crisis.
The same judge, Celso de Mello, had earlier today made a request to the Attorney General for opposition parliamentarians demanding the seizure of the President’s telephone.
General Augusto Heleno, Minister of Institutional Security Cabinet, a new government post, said in a statement on Friday that the request could have “unforeseeable consequences for national security” if it were to succeed.
The judge handed parliamentarians’ request to Prosecutor Augusto Aras, who must now decide whether he thinks it is permissible or not.