‘Car Wash caucus’ backs Bolsonaro, who buried their investigation

Counting on voters from their home state, major Car Wash figures say they seek to build a congressional front to toughen punishments for white-collar crime and corruption

Car Wash caucus backs Bolsonaro, who buried their investigation
Former prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol and former Federal Judge Sergio Moro were Operation Car Wash’s leading stars. Photo: Theo Marques/UOL/Folhapress

The most extensive anti-corruption investigation in Brazilian history, Operation Car Wash was systematically buried under the presidency of far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro, who bragged that there was “no more corruption in the government” back in October 2020.

The probe uncovered corruption schemes involving members of virtually all Brazilian political parties and many of the country’s top construction conglomerates, but was neutered and then disbanded under Mr. Bolsonaro’s watch.

On Sunday, Operation Car Wash’s two most prominent figures — former lead judge Sergio Moro and task force prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol — were elected to the upper and lower houses of Congress,...

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