Brazilian Federal Police early Thursday executed 40 search warrants, including one at the national headquarters of the PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores) in São Paulo. The effort was the latest phase of a sweeping investigation into bribery, influence-peddling and money laundering. As part of Thursday’s operation, police arrested 11 former party and government officials, including former Planning Minister Paulo Bernardo in Brasília. Bernardo will be questioned on issues related to the scandal and is likely to be released later Thursday. The PT was Brazil’s ruling party for more than 13 years until President Dilma Rousseff was impeached in May. Rousseff is awaiting a Senate vote on whether to permanently remove her from office.
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