>> Brazil's supreme court released explosive plea bargain testimony on Friday accusing President Michel Temer, along with former Presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, of receiving millions in bribes. The testimony raises serious doubts over whether Temer, who replaced the impeached Rousseff last year, can maintain his grip on the presidency amid a string of corruption scandals that has engulfed Brazil's political and business elite.
Temer on Thursday said he would not resign from the presidency. But on Friday, a testimony given by executives at prominent meat packing company JBS implicating both ruling and opposition parties. And indicating that Temer took over $4 million in bribes from JBS. It also alleges that former President Lula, who was already facing five corruption trials, received $50 million in bribes in offshore accounts from JBS.
While former President Rousseff took $30 million in bribes, also in offshore accounts. The corruption scandals in Brazil have led to over 90 convictions of businessmen and politicians. And prompted the investigation of dozens of sitting congressmen and a third of Temer's cabinet. The constant march of indictments and scandals sparking outrage in the country.
And nearly paralyzing the capital, Brasilia. And leading to wide-spread calls among Brazilians for new elections.