President Michel Temer made his first statement today (18) after the scandals that linked him to corruption schemes. After mentioning the improvement of economic indexes and indicators, Temer said that he had actually met with businessman Joesley Batista of JBS.
According to the President, however, he had only listened closely to the businessman, who, in turn, financially assisted the family of former parliamentary Eduardo Cunha. Temer, however, had no knowledge of anything else regarding the subject. At no point would he have allowed expenses to be made to buy Cunha’s silence – so that he would not make any plea bargain. The President stated: "I have not bought anyone's secrecy; I do not fear any plea bargain, I do not need any public office or special forum. (free translation)"
In addition, Temer would never have authorized the misuse of his own name. The investigation by the Federal Supreme Court will be the territory in which the truth will arise. The President demanded a full and quick investigation, so that everything may be clarified to the Brazilian people. If the "clandestine" recordings, in his words, were swift, the investigation should also be.
"I will not renounce! I repeat: I will not renounce! "