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Brazil congressional committee rejects corruption charges against Temer
Brazil congressional committee rejects corruption charges against Temer

A Brazilian congressional committee voted [vote record, in Portuguese] Wednesday to reject [press release, in Portuguese] corruption charges against President Michel Temer.

The charges are related [BBC report] to a corruption case against meatpacking company JBS [corporate website]. The charges were rejected in a vote of 39-26 that fell largely along party lines.

The full lower chamber still needs to vote on the matter, but they are expected to follow the vote of the congressional committee. In order to face trial, two-thirds of the lower house needs to approve the charges.

Temer has been the subject of several difference corruption probes since taking office. In September Brazil’s Supreme Court authorized [JURIST report] an investigation of corruption and money laundering charges against Temer related to the operation of a port in Santos. In September 2016 the Brazilian Supreme Court approved an investigation against Temer into allegations of illegal campaign donations