"They Can Come after Me, They Won't Find Anything", Bolsonaro Says about Investigation into Son Flávio

During US trip, president says that criminal investigations are targeting his son

Carlos Delgado

President Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) said this Thursday (16) that he is the ultimate target of the advancing investigations into his son, senator Flavio Bolsonaro (PSL-RJ), whose bank records show atypical activity from 2007 to 2008.  

According to the president, the investigations are "lashing out" at Flávio to harm his government. In light of a recent court decision that lifted the bank secrecy from Flávio and his advisors, the president casually offered up his bank records. 

"Doing justice? Who wants to get me? Come on top of me. They want to lift my bank secrecy; I know that they have to have a fact, but I will open my own bank records. They won't get me," said Bolsonaro in Dallas, Texas. 

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 28, 2018, The president-elect of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro (L) and his son Flavio Bolsonaro (R), arrive for a press conference on the appointment of the ministers of Citizenship, Tourism and Regional Development at the headquarters of the transitional government in Brasilia on November 28, 2018. - The eldest son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has denied accusations he laundered money through real estate deals, months after the eruption of a suspicious payments scandal involving him that tarnished his father's anti-corruption credentials. (Photo by Sergio LIMA / AFP) ORG XMIT: SLI - AFP

The Rio de Janeiro Public Ministry will examine evidence that indicates Flávio's cabinet participated in significant money crimes from 2007 until 2018 when the president's son was a Rio de Janeiro city councilperson. 

According to those responsible for the investigation, Flávio's cabinet resembles a highly organized criminal organization, "with a high level of stability, functioning since 2007."

The investigators point to three hierarchal divisions:  one that appointed the aides, another that received the share the salaries and distributed them and a third that was composed of the aides who agreed to give away part of their earnings. 

With this evidence, the lead investigator solicited the banking and monetary records of 86 people and nine companies—including those of Senator Flávio Bolsonaro. A Rio de Janeiro court recently lifted the bank secrecy on Flávio and his advisors' records. 

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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