In a meeting with at least six close advisors on May 22, President Jair Bolsonaro threatened to launch a self-coup by closing Brazil’s Supreme Court and replacing all 11 of its justices. “I’m going to intervene!” he repeated, several times, as was reported by monthly magazine Piauí. In conversations with sources close to the president, The Brazilian Report was able to confirm the veracity of this information. However, this was not the only time Mr. Bolsonaro threatened a coup.
The Brazilian Report spoke with two participants of the May 22 meeting, four sources who were told about the content of the private conversation, and two individuals from Mr. Bolsonaro’s inner circle. All eight sources requested to remain anonymous.