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Bolsonaro requests impeachment of Supreme Court justice

The move threatens to introduce a new dynamic into the war of attrition between the president and the other branches of government

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President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress

President Jair Bolsonaro presented an impeachment request against Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes on Friday evening — yet another unprecedented and worrying move during a presidency filled with unprecedented and worrying moves. 

Last Saturday, Mr. Bolsonaro had told supporters he would request that the Senate impeach both Justice Moraes and Justice Luís Roberto Barroso — whom the president accuses of “eroding the pillars of democratic rule of law” and of “curtailing freedom of speech.” In the end, only Justice Moraes was targeted.

The episode is yet another escalation of tensions between Mr. Bolsonaro and the highest court in the...

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