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The most damaging Operation Car Wash plea deal has yet to come

The most damaging Operation Car Wash plea deal has yet to come antonio palocci
Former Minister Antonio Palocci during his arrest, in Sep. 2016. Photo: Giuliano Gomes/Folhapress

In 2016, the testimonies of 78 Odebrecht executives were dubbed “the end-of-the-world plea deal”. Since then, the JBS plea deal has proven even more damaging to the Brazilian establishment. Businessman Joesley Batista taped conversations in which politicians (including the president) openly discussed bribes and corruption.

But now, former minister Antonio Palocci has officially joined the list of Operation Car Wash collaborators. If he chooses to reveal everything he knows, Palocci has the potential to become the most chaos-inducing collaborator that Operation Car Wash has seen thus far. Few know the ins and outs of corruption schemes at the federal level...

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