Bolsonaro Attacks Supreme Court and Questions Justice's Motives

Annoyed by the videos release, the president tries to prevent a case from being conducted in the Supreme Court


President Jair Bolsonaro used social media to attack Supreme Court Justice Celso de Mello, who released the controversial video of the April 22 ministerial meeting. The president cited a law article on abuse of authority.

The profanity-laced meeting was recorded and is being used as evidence into the investigation of Bolsonaro's interference with the Federal Police. The president is attempting to arouse suspicions into Mello's conduct of the case.

TOPSHOT - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters upon arrival at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on May 24, 2020, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. - Despite positive signs elsewhere, the disease continued its surge in large parts of South America, with the death toll in Brazil passing 22,000 and infections topping 347,000, the world's second-highest caseload. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP) - AFP

In the video, released on Friday, Bolsonaro worries about being removed from office. Despite the pressure on Mello, the president will likely reach out to the Supreme Court President, Dias Toffoli, to calm the air. Toffoli was hospitalized yesterday with signs of Covid-19 that manifested after minor surgery to drain an abscess. He's fine, according to the Supreme Court.

The president once again participated in an anti-democratic protest in Brasília on Sunday. The demonstration called for the closure of the Supreme and Congress. The president flew over in a helicopter and, without a mask, embraced protesters. The opposition is considering asking for a CPI to investigate the circumstances of the ministerial meeting.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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