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Will Brazil’s prosecutor general kill Bolsonaro’s probe?

Prosecutor General Augusto Aras has operated more like the president's counsel than a true prosecutor

Brazil's Prosecutor General Augusto Aras has operated more like the president's counsel than a true prosecutor.
Brazil’s Prosecutor General Augusto Aras (left) and President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: José Cruz/ABr

Since Friday evening, Brazil’s news cycle has revolved around the video recording of an April 22 meeting held by President Jair Bolsonaro and his cabinet. It was an explicit depiction of a far-right, illiberal administration for everyone to see. As the country faces the worst pandemic of the century — which might very well evolve into a humanitarian crisis — the president’s biggest worry was if the Feds would pull “shenanigans” against his family and friends. The video is a key piece of evidence in the probe into whether Mr. Bolsonaro illegally interfered with the Federal Police — that...

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