Politicians and pundits in Brasilia are on high alert this week, as a series of key political figures provide testimony in the Supreme Court investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro. Accused of attempted to meddle in the Federal Police, Mr. Bolsonaro allegedly tried to appoint a friendly face to the head of the corporation, someone from whom he could obtain information about confidential police probes. According to lawyer José Eduardo Cardozo, the accusations alone — made by ex-Justice Minister Sergio Moro upon his resignation — prove nothing, but in the context, they demonstrate a “degenerate and illegal” attempt at political interference in the Federal Police, on behalf of President Bolsonaro. Mr. Cardozo served as Justice Minister himself, during ex-President Dilma Rousseff’s first term, before becoming Solicitor General. He defended Ms. Rousseff during the impeachment trial that removed her from office in 2016.
Mr. Cardozo spoke with The Brazilian Report for an exclusive interview this week.