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Bolsonaro meddling with Feds is inappropriate. But not necessarily criminal

The much-anticipated testimony of former Justice Minister Sergio Moro was underwhelming, and fails to compromise President Bolsonaro

Bolsonaro meddling with Feds is inappropriate. But not necessarily criminal
Jair Bolsonaro inaugurates his new Federal Police Chief. Photo: Isac Nóbrega/PR

On Saturday evening, after nine hours in the Federal Police headquarters in Curitiba, ten pages of testimony, and 16 takeaway pizzas, it seemed to many as if former Justice Minister Sergio Moro had handed Feds the keys that would bring down the Jair Bolsonaro government. Three days later, however, Mr. Moro’s statements were willingly leaked to the press, and it soon became clear that the bomb promised by the ex-cabinet minister would go off not with a bang, but with a whimper.

Brazil has a saying for when corruption investigations fizzle out this way, that “everything...

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