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President Temer Expresses Support for Buying Eduardo Cunha's Silence

Fri, 05/19/2017

By Thais Andreoli Franco , MSLGROUP Andreoli, Brazil

Brazilian Tier-1 media outlets report today that Joesley Batista, one of the Brazilian meat processor company JBS’ owners, said in a statement that is part of his leniency agreement, that President Michel Temer endorsed an operation to buy the silence of former House President Eduardo Cunha (PMDB Party – Rio de Janeiro), arrested in Operation Car Wash (Lava Jato). Joesley supposedly recorded a dialogue with Temer on March 7th at the Jaburu Palace.

On the tape, the businessman told the President that he was paying a financial stipend to Cunha and Lúcio Funaro, appointed as the operator of the former House President, so that both would remain silent about irregularities involving allies. “You have to keep this up, ok?”, Temer would have said to the businessman. After signing a leniency agreement, Joesley and his brother Wesley Batista delivered these recordings to the Attorney General’s Office.

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