Another batch of text messages between Brazilian judge Sérgio Moro and Operation Car Wash's prosecutors are leaked. The messages state that Moro advised lead prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol and the other prosecutors to halt any investigations on Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former President of Brazil and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's political rival. Moro is quoted as saying the investigations would "offend someone whose support is important".
Several text and audio messages between Brazilian judge Sérgio Moro and lead prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol are leaked, casting doubt over the trial of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on the grounds of illegal collaboration between court and prosecution. The leaks also point to interference in the 2018 elections by Operation Car Wash's task force officials.
Marco Aurélio Mello, a Supreme Federal Court judge orders Brazil's Chamber of Deputies to start impeachment proceedings against Vice President Michel Temer over charges he helped doctor budget accounting as part of President Dilma Rousseff's administration.
Brazil President Dilma Rousseff says she will not resign under any circumstances because she hadn't committed a crime, and equated a bid to impeach her to a coup d'état against democratic rule. A congressional impeachment committee has started hearings. Rousseff could be suspended if the Chamber of Deputies approves the motion to impeach. The president urged the Supreme Court to remain impartial in this political crisis.
A survey conducted by Datafolha shows a majority of Brazilians now favor the impeachment or resignation of President Dilma Rousseff. The poll showed 68 percent of respondents favor Rousseff's impeachment by Congress, while 65 percent think the president should resign. The president's approval ratings have been hammered by Brazil's worst recession in decades and its biggest ever corruption probe.
Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Gilmar Mendes rules Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva should be stripped of a ministerial role in President Dilma Rousseff's Cabinet so he can be investigated in connection with the state oil company Petrobras's alleged kickback scheme. Earlier today, injunctions suspending Lula's appointment as chief of staff were overturned at Attorney General José Eduardo Cardozo's request for a Supreme Court ruling on the motions.
Clashes erupt outside the presidential palace in Brazil's capital Brasília between anti-Workers' Party protesters and supporters of ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, where he was due to be sworn in as President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff's chief of staff. Hundreds of anti-government protesters calling for Rousseff's impeachment and Lula's arrest also blocked the central Paulista Avenue in São Paulo, Brazil's largest city and economic hub.