Brazil’s Planning Minister became the first Cabinet member under Acting President Michel Temer to find himself caught up in a spreading police investigation of alleged corruption. Press reports Monday cited telephone taps by police indicating Planning Minister Romero Jucá may have conspired to obstruct corruption investigations into members of Jucá’s political party, the PMDB (Partido do Movimento Democrático Brasileiro). Jucá was PMDB Senate leader at the time of the telephone taps. At a hastily convened news conference Monday afternoon, Jucá denied the allegations, vowing not to resign from his Cabinet post.
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