President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) asked the Federal Supreme Court (STF) to suspend the order that Minister Alexandre de Moares gave to the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) to express its alleged interference in investigations against the former minister. of Education Milton Ribeiro.
In the request, made through the Attorney General’s Office (AGU) this Tuesday (5), the retired captain says that the investigation is under the rapporteurship of Minister Cármen Lúcia and, therefore, Alexandre de Moraes should not carry out steps in the process. According to the AGU, there is “duplicity” in the investigation. In this case, the body asks that the analysis of the suspension request be taken to the plenary.
On June 28, Moraes ordered the PGR to manifest itself, at the request of a lawsuit filed by Senator Randolfe Rodrigues (Rede-AP), about the alleged bribery scheme, through the intermediation between lobbyist pastors and city halls, for the release of resources from the National Fund for the Development of Education (FNDE) at the Ministry of Education.
The AGU argues that Moraes’ determination “implicitly” authorizes the facts raised by Randolfe Rodrigues “to be directly scrutinized” in the inquiry reported by Alexandre de Moraes, “despite not only the manifest absence of just cause for the maintenance of the investigation, as well as the lack of connection between the subjects”.
Moraes is the rapporteur for other investigations that target President Bolsonaro. One of them is the one that investigates the alleged interference of the retired captain in the Federal Police. Suspicion was raised after former judge Sergio Moro resigned from the Ministry of Justice and Public Security.
According to the AGU, however, the facts raised by Randolfe Rodrigues are already the object of the investigation reported “by Minister Cármen Lúcia, a natural judge for the matter within the scope of the STF”.
Milton Ribeiro’s defense talks about illegal evidence
On another front, former minister Milton Ribeiro asked Minister Cármen Lúcia to close investigations into corruption at the Ministry of Education this Tuesday (5th). According to the former minister’s defense, the audio that opened the doors to investigations, in which Ribeiro says he prioritized the release of FNDE funds to pastors at Bolsonaro’s request, is illicit evidence.
“It was a special request that the President of the Republic made to me on the issue of [pastor] Gilmar. (…) Because my priority is to first serve the municipalities that need it most and, secondly, to serve all those who are friends of Pastor Gilmar”, says the minister in an audio leaked on March 21 of this year.
For the defense, the fact that the audio was collected illegally means that all acts of the investigation are “infected by the absolute eiva of illegality”. In the piece, the defense states that “the evidence was produced by a strange person, in a ministerial environment – closed place – and with an illicit purpose: to leak to the media to disturb democratic institutions in an election year”.
CGU minimizes corruption scheme at MEC
Wagner de Campos Rosário, chief minister of the Comptroller General of the Union (CGU), said he is proud that the government of Jair Bolsonaro has only one minister involved in an alleged corruption case, former minister Milton Ribeiro.
The speech was made during a meeting at the Chamber of Deputies in which Rosário and the current Minister of Education Victor Godoy Veiga spoke about the allegations of corruption in the portfolio.
Rosário avoided answering directly if there are cases of corruption in the Jair Bolsonaro (PL) government and minimized the complaints that affect the MEC.
“On the existence of corruption cases, there are cases of corruption in the federal government, there are cases of corruption of people. If this person is part of the government, we investigate. And there is only case of corruption… And I can talk about corruption in the sense latu sensuwhich is corruption if you only receive bribes, use other acts”, said Rosário.
“What I have here so far is that we don’t have anyone from the top, we have here the investigation case on the minister [Milton Ribeiro, que deixou o cargo]we don’t have any more cases of anyone involved taking bribes, that’s something we’re very proud of.”
Mourão celebrates postponement of the CPI of the MEC
Vice-President Hamilton Mourão (Republicans) celebrated the decision of the President of the Federal Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (PSD-MG), to postpone the opening of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI) of the MEC until after this year’s elections. For Mourão, Pacheco’s decision was “excellent” and “wise”. “Electoral passions would muddy the work of the commission,” said the retired general to CNN Brazil.
After meeting with Senate leaders, Pacheco posted on his Twitter profile that “the vast majority of leaders understand that the installation of all of them [as CPIs] should take place after the electoral period, allowing the participation of all senators and avoiding contamination of investigations by the electoral process”.
The opposition reacted by threatening appeal to the STF in case Pacheco does not install the CPI.
TSE closes agreement for international election observation
The president of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), Minister Edson Fachin, reached an agreement with Luis Almagro, secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), for the entity’s delegates to follow the elections in Brazil this year as international observers.
“In the same way as they did in 2018 and 2020, international observers will analyze the electronic voting system in depth, thus verifying its efficiency and transparency,” the TSE said in a statement.
“This is another one of those important moments, in which the Brazilian Electoral Justice promotes full freedom and autonomy so that the OAS can carry out its observation mission in the October general elections of this year”, said Fachin.
“We are totally committed to transparency and dialogue. Our objective is to deepen the partnership between Brazil and the OAS in electoral matters and, therefore, to contribute to the improvement of this work in permanent construction that is democracy”, concluded the minister.
MBL tries Juliette
Candidates for federal deputy for São Paulo Rubinho Nunes and Guto Zacarias, both from União Brasil and Movimento Brasil Livre (MBL), filed a representation against singer Juliette Freire and presidential candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. (EN) at the Electoral Court, this Tuesday (5).
Last Saturday (2), Juliette would have encouraged the audience to sing songs favorable to Lula, during a show held at “Festa Junina de Caruaru”, in Pernambuco.
@juliette during her show in Caruaru… She just hadn’t heard well: “I’m not listening a lot”, she said.
And ‘the audience’ shouted louder: “Olê, olê, olá, Lula, Lula”.
Aaa, you can only curse and preach violence or disobedience against institutions.
THAT’S IT??? pic.twitter.com/Z0mPJEHaZC
– Carlos Guglielmeli (@CGuglielmeli) July 6, 2022
According to Nunes and Zacarias, there would have been two violations: early electoral propaganda and “showmício”. THE CNN Brazil, Nunes said that it is “unacceptable for artists to try to circumvent the electoral law to favor their pet politicians”. In his view, “all this funded with money that could be invested in health and education. Juliette is already a repeat offender. I hope that now she learns to respect the law,” he said.
According to electoral legislation, electoral advertisements and explicit requests to vote can only be made after August 16th. On the other hand, showmics, according to a decision of the STF, are illegal.
Editing: Nicolau Soares