Can Michel Temer Be Impeached? Brazilian President Charged With Taking Multi-Million Dollar Bribes

Brazilian President Michel Temer was charged of taking multimillion-dollar bribes by top federal prosecutor, Monday. The 64-page-long indictment looks to impeach the incumbent president if he does not resign first.

The formal accusation has been brought on by Attorney General Rodrigo Janot, who began investigation into Temer’s financial dealings in May 2016. Janot has alleged that between March and April of 2017, the Brazilian president took a bribe of around $150,000 from Joesly Batista, former chairman of meat-packing giant JBS.

“The circumstances of this meeting (with Batista) — at night and without any register in the official schedule of the president of the Republic — reveal the intent of not leaving traces of the criminal actions already taken,” wrote Janot, ABC News reported. 

Read: Call For Brazil President Michel Temer’s Impeachment Grows, Trial To Begin June 6

President of Brazil Michel Temer speaks to the media at the Main Press Centre on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 18, 2016. Photo: Getty Images/Chris Graythen

The prosecutor has also claimed that Temer has allegedly fielded $12 million in bribe over the last nine months, through “middlemen.” Janot came to know of Temer’s possible criminal intent when an audio recording surfaced earlier this year, which proved that he had endorsed illegal money being offered to former House Speaker Eduardo Cunha, a former Temer ally. Cunha is currently serving a 15-year sentence for corruption.

Several protesters set out on the streets of Sao Paulo city, Brazil at the time, raising slogans against the president saying, “Temer Out,” the Strait Times reported.

“We came here after the accusations that came out… We already knew, but now there is a video, there is proof that the president committed a crime,” said a protester.

Apart from Cunha, several other member of Temer’s cabinet, four former Brazilian presidents and a number of lawmakers are…

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