As the target of several legal investigations, the family of President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) has enlisted allies in state courts and approached magistrates of higher courts in an attempt to set up a safety net.
The effort relies on the work of allied lawyers, who help the family dialogue with judges and justices. It's led by Senator Flávio Bolsonaro (Republicanos-RJ), who has influenced appointments made by the president.
The group of lawyers and magistrates that has maintained a close relationship with the presidential family has been dubbed government congress members and palace officials as "bolsonarist legal bench."
Allied representatives will have a crucial role in helping the president choose the next member of the Supreme Court. A vacancy will be open in July with the retirement of justice Marco Aurélio Mello.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon