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Supreme Court v. Bolsonaro has a new chapter

Jair Bolsonaro will be forced to testify in person in a probe into alleged interference on the Federal Police, which could raise tensions in Brasília

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Supreme Court Chief Justice Luiz Fux and President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

Justice Celso de Mello, the longest-serving member on the Supreme Court, is set for mandatory retirement as he turns 75 in November. His last months in the court, however, promise to be explosive — as his war of attrition against President Jair Bolsonaro continues.

The justice is the rapporteur of an investigation into Mr. Bolsonaro’s suspected illegal interference with the Federal Police. The probe started after former Justice Minister Sérgio Moro resigned, after accusing the president of trying to shield his family and friends from investigations by picking a friendly police chief for the Feds’ Rio de Janeiro...

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