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The end of Operation Car Wash as we know it

Operation Car Wash Supreme Court Brazil
Supreme Court Justices head to their seats

On March 17, 2014, the Brazilian Federal Police launched the so-called Operation Car Wash, a probe into a money-laundering scheme working out of a gas station less than 1 kilometer from the seat of Brazil’s Congress. Twenty-eight people were arrested at first, and another 19 were forcibly taken in to provide statements in an effort spread across 17 cities and 7 states.

What seemed like a banal investigation into little-known (at least to the public) crooks became one of the biggest anti-corruption investigations in history. For the last five years, Brazilians have grown accustomed to waking...

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