This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, May 31, 2016:
In less than three weeks, the new administration of Brazil’s interim president, Michel Temer (shown, on the left), is already coming unraveled. On Sunday a secretly recorded audio tape was played by a local popular TV station of a conversation between the head of Temer’s newly created Ministry of Transparency, Supervision and Control, Fabiano Silveira, and Senate President Renan Calheiros. On the tape Silveira was giving Calheiros legal advice on how to avoid prosecution in the Petrobras scandal investigation called Operation Car Wash.
On Monday Silveira resigned his position following public protests that included soaping the windows of his office to indicate that Temer’s appointee needed a good cleansing.
Calheiros’ record of corruption goes back at least to 2007 when