Statement to the Nation from our President, Michel Temer
This afternoon (27th), President Michel Temer made a statement addressed to the nation, in which he spoke about the charges against him presented by the Attorney General of the Republic, Rodrigo Janot, for the crime of passive corruption
This afternoon (27th), President Michel Temer made a statement addressed to the nation, in which he spoke about the charges against him presented by the Attorney General of the Republic, Rodrigo Janot, for the crime of passive corruption.
Temer says that he was charged, even without having received any bribes or practiced illicit acts. There are no evidence that he received ilegal values. According to Temer, the charges would have “reinvented the criminal code” and included a new category, “denunciation by illation (or inference)indictment”, which would open a dangerous precedent in Brazilian law, since it would allow the most varied conclusions about “good and honest people”.
The illation, which would have been inaugurated by Janot’s charges, would have allowed, for example, what happened in the case of Marcelo Miller – who belongs in a close circle of confidence of the Attorney General – who resigned his position at the Attorney general’s office and started working in a company that has entered into a plea bargain agreement with the Public Prosecutor. This type of agreement would have been made possible, according to the president, because of this scenario of irresponsibility, allowed by the pleas made by companies that remained unpunished. The charges against him would be a work of fiction, which would damage not only his public image but the lives of his friends and family.
According to the president, Joesley Batista and his “henchmen” would have made the accusations exclusively to escape prison, trying to impute to him a criminal act that simply does not exist. The President said that he welcomed the businessman, a “confessed bandit”, into his home, but that he only discovered his illicit records at the same time as all Brazilians, when he revealed the crimes committed by him to the nation.
The President mentioned art. 5, LVI, of the Federal Constitution, which says that it is not possible to admit unlawful evidence, which together with the tens (more than 120) interruptions of the recording made by Joesley would make the said “proof” completely unusable.
The denunciations, according to the President, would be fragile and precarious, and would have been “sliced” on purpose to stagnate the government. It would be necessary to have concrete evidence to show that, indeed, there was a crime.
The President, in charge of for administrative acts, would be responsible for the fall of inflation rates, structural reforms – such as labor and social security, for the lower unemployment rates and for the country leavinf its recession status, among other acomplishments.
Temer says he has the pride and honor of being President of the Republic, for the advances made by the government, and will not allow himself to be accused of crimes that he did not commit. His stamina will not diminish by inconsequential attacks. He wants to rebuild the country and defend his personal dignity.