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Better Call Fred

Frederick Wassef was an unknown lawyer until this week — when it was revealed he was hiding a key piece to a graft probe involving the Bolsonaros

Frederick Wassef, during a presidential event on June 17. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR
Frederick Wassef, during a presidential event on June 17. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

With scandal inching closer to the presidential palace, viewers of the soap opera that is Brazil’s institutional crisis are being introduced to myriad new characters that until recently had been relegated to the underground of politics. One of them is Frederick Wassef, a shady lawyer at the center of the latest affair rocking the Jair Bolsonaro presidency. On Thursday morning, police entered a property in Mr. Wassef’s name — registered as the office of his law firm — and found and arrested Fabrício Queiroz, a former advisor to the Bolsonaro family who investigators say operated an embezzlement scheme from within...

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