The Chamber of Deputies Judiciary Committee on Wednesday night voted to reject a bid by prosecutors to indict Brazilian President Michel Temer. The panel voted 39-26 to reject the indictment. Despite the vote, a motion can still be made in the full Chamber to indict the President. Such a motion is likely to be voted on by the end of October. However, political risk analysts said Wednesday’s committee vote indicates that the full Chamber is also likely to reject the indictment. Under Brazil’s Constitution, the President can only be indicted and tried with permission from the lower house of Congress. Wednesday’s vote was also valid for two of Temer’s closest advisors, Wellington Moreira-Franco and Eliseu Padilha. Prosecutors sought to indict all three on accusations of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. It was the second attempt this year by prosecutors to s eek indictments against the President and his close aides. An earlier attempt was defeated in the Chamber of Deputies. A report filed to the committee by one of its members said the indictments were based on tainted testimony and lacked underlying documentary evidence.
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