Bolsonaro Asks to Give Face-to-Face Testimony to The Federal Police, and Supreme Court Suspends Trial

Moraes informed the plenary that he received a statement from the president through the AGU

Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraesasked for the suspension of the trial this Wednesday (6) on the format of the testimony that President Jair Bolsonaro should give to the Federal Police.

Moraes informed his colleagues that, through the Attorney General of the Union, the head of the Executive has expressed interest in giving evidence in person. Signed by the Union's attorney general, Bruno Bianco, the AGU's request reached the court 15 minutes before the session began. "The applicant [Bolsonaro] expresses before this Supreme Court his interest in giving evidence in relation to the facts that are the subject of this inquiry through a personal appearance," Bianco said. ​"In this opportunity, you are asked to be able to be asked at a previously set place, date and time." Moraes will assess whether there is still a need to continue the trial in light of Bolsonaro's protest.

In recent weeks, the court has avoided issues capable of rekindling the institutional crisis between the Powers that reached its apex on September 7 and, in the opinion of members of the court, there is no reason to continue the debate around the interrogation model . The controversy arose in the inquiry opened last year at the request of the Attorney General of the Republic, Augusto Aras, after Sergio Moro's accusations that the president wanted to intervene in the Federal Police to protect relatives and allies. Bolsonaro denies it.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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