Brazilian President Michel Temer over the weekend named a new Justice Minister who immediately questioned an investigation by federal prosecutors into Temer’s actions as chief executive. Temer named Torquato Jardim as Justice Minister, replacing Osmar Serraglio, who served only two months in the post. Serraglio will take over Jardim’s previous role as coordinator of “transparency and oversight” in the administration. In interviews over the weekend, Jardim questioned the need for an ongoing investigation by federal police agents and prosecutors into alleged bribery and influence-peddling involving Temer. Jardim said the probe was based on incomplete documentation and hearsay. News of the investigation, which broke earlier this month, has led to calls for Temer’s impeachment or resignation.
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