Justice Minister Sergio Moro thinks the public has less faith in the fight against corruption because of the Supreme Court's decision against imprisonment in the second instance.
The latest Datafolha survey showed a drop in government assessment in corruption.
"It was the revocation of the precedent of the second instance. It meant the release of people who were convicted, including those involved with corruption," the former judge said.
Moro, who received a positive assessment of his first year as a minister, reaffirmed that there is no irregularity in his private messages with Car Wash prosecutors, which were obtained by The Intercept Brazil and also published by Folha. For him, the newspaper "sensationalized" the messages.
The minister shied away from answering a question on running for vice president with Jair Bolsonaro in 2022. He said his relationship was "fine" with the president, but admitted internal disagreement over what he called "specific points."
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon