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Brazil president lambastes testimony by JBS execs

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 00:50

Brazilian President Michel Temer on Saturday angrily challenged a recorded conversation implicating him in a corruption probe, saying he would continue as president and ask the Supreme Court to verify the integrity of the recording. Rough Cut - subtitled (no reporter narration).

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SUBTITLED ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Brazilian President Michel Temer on Saturday (May 20) challenged a recorded conversation implicating him in a corruption probe, saying he would continue as president and ask the Supreme Court to verify the integrity of the recording. "Brazil will not be derailed," he said during a speech in Brasilia, reiterating that he would not resign despite an ongoing investigation by the Supreme Court into allegations he took bribes and condoned the payment of hush money to a jailed Congressman. Temer, visibly defiant, said he would ask the court to suspend an investigation against him until it could determine whether the recording, made by the chairman of meatpacker JBS SA during a March conversation, was edited afterwards. The recording, which some local media have said shows signs of editing, is part of plea bargain testimony by JBS executives that was disclosed this week. The testimony rattled Brazilian financial markets, cost Temer key Congressional allies and led to widespread calls for his resignation. It also undermined efforts by Temer to pass economic reforms considered crucial to revive Brazil's economy after its worst recession on record.

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Brazil president lambastes testimony by JBS execs

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 00:50