Michel Temer’s rocky presidency is over. While he oversaw important economic measures to curb public spending and balance the federal budget, his two-and-a-half-year term will be remembered for its corruption scandals. In 2017, he became the only sitting president in Brazilian history to face an indictment request while still in office. Thanks to his status as president, Mr. Temer could only be prosecuted if two-thirds of the lower house decided to accept the charge. With immense horse-trading efforts, the now former president dodged two indictments against him. But now, as a “regular citizen” once more, Mr. Temer will have to face the music.
There are a total of three indictment requests pending against Michel Temer (the third was submitted on December 19, just days before he left office), accusing him of corruption, criminal organization, obstruction of justice, and money laundering. He is also formally under investigation in another corruption case. For these proceedings to be assigned to trial courts, their rapporteurs at the Supreme Court (the only tribunal allowed to prosecute and trial elected federal officials) must sign an order to that effect. However, the court system is on vacation until February, which gives Mr. Temer at least one month of calm.