Brazil’s chief federal prosecutor, Rodrigo Janot, on Monday formally asked the Supreme Court to indict President Michel Temer for crimes including malfeasance, bribery, money laundering and conspiracy. The motion to indict stems from a sprawling investigation of illegal campaign contributions and bribery involving many government officials and business leaders. The Supreme Court, however, cannot hand down a formal indictment without first consulting the Chamber of Deputies, which must authorize an indicatment by a two-thirds vote of the full Chamber membership. Such an action would be equivalent to impeachment of the President. Temer has denied all of the allegations against him. Temer assumed the office in 2016 after his predescesso r, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached. His term is due to end in 2018.
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