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Brazil’s Covid hearings at a crossroads

After three weeks of depositions, the Senate's Covid inquiry has struggled to corner former government officials. Committee members have plenty of work still to do and piles of evidence to analyze

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From the left: Senators Randolfe Rodrigues and Renan Calheiros — “a lot of work ahead.” Photo: Marcos Oliveira/SF/ACS/CC BY 4.0

After three weeks of tense depositions, members of the Senate’s Covid hearings committee have realized the sheer magnitude of the task at hand. With multiple testimonies still to come, there is still a huge amount of documents submitted by accountability agencies and federal and state governments left to pore over. The inquiry is also facing heightened public pressure, as over the past couple of weeks former government officials have lied under oath, been caught doing so, and have still been able to leave the committee scot-free.

The Brazilian Report spoke to members of the inquiry and their legislative aides,...

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