Unprecedented Corruption Among Brazil's Top Politicians Revealed In Unsealed JBS Plea Bargain

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Recall that behind the latest political scandal to grip Brazil, in which president Michel Temer was accused of paying hush money to the jailed former House speaker, Eduardo Cunha (who was responsible for the impeachment of Temer's predecessor Dilma Rouseff) to keep him from dragging Temer down as well, and which yesterday led to historic losses for the the Bovespa, was a plea bargain by the top executives of Brazil's meatpacking giant JBS, Joseley Batista and his brother Wesley, which among other things, included an alleged recording of a phone conversation in which Batista told Temer he was paying Cunha to remain silent, to which the president was recorded saying, "You need to keep that up, okay?"


Batista and Temer

Moments ago, Brazil's O Globo newspaper reported that the latest episode in Brazil's epic political corruption saga has been unveiled, and two things emerged. First, president Temer is under now officially under investigation for corruption and obstruction of justice.

Second, and more important, the contents of the JBS plea bargain testimony were disclosed, courtesy of Reuters, and they reveal corruption so pervasive that virtually every single current and past top politician has been implicated. Here are the details:

  • JBS PLEA-BARGAIN TESTIMONY INDICATES BRAZIL PRESIDENT TEMER ALLEGEDLY RECEIVED 15 MILLION REAIS IN BRIBE IN 2014
  • JBS PLEA-BARGAIN TESTIMONY SAYS COMPANY PAID BRIBE TO TEMER TO END PETROBRAS MONOPOLY ON NATURAL GAS
  • JBS PLEA-BARGAIN TESTIMONY SAYS EX PRESIDENT LUIZ INACIO LULA DA SILVA RECEIVED $50 MILLION IN BRIBES IN OFFSHORE ACCOUNT
  • JBS PLEA-BARGAIN TESTIMONY SAYS EX PRESIDENT DILMA ROUSSEFF RECEIVED $30 MILLION IN BRIBES IN OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS
  • JBS PLEA-BARGAIN TESTIMONY INDICATES JOESLEY BATISTA PAID 30 MILLION REAIS FOR EX PRESIDENT DILMA ROUSSEFF'S 2010 CAMPAIGN
  • JBS PLEA-BARGAIN TESTIMONY SAYS PAID SUSPENDED SENATOR, EX PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AECIO NEVES BRIBE IN 2014 TO FAVOR COMPANY
  • BRAZIL PROSECUTORS SAY JOESLEY BATISTA'S TESTIMONY INDICATES HE PAID EX HOUSE SPEAKER CUNHA MONTHLY BRIBES WITH TEMER'S BLESSING

Some more from Reuters:

Brazil's Supreme Court released plea-bargain testimony on Friday that includes accusations President Michel Temer received 15 million reais ($4.6 million) in bribes in 2014 before he took office from executives of meatpacking giant JBS SA. 

 

The testimony also claims former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva received $50 million in bribes in offshore accounts from JBS, while ex-President Dilma Rousseff took $30 million in bribes in offshore accounts.

If true, the plea testimony implicates virtually all top Brazilian politicians - from both the current and previous administrations - who have now been thrown under the bus for corruption and bribery, which while no longer surprising in all matters Brazilian, prompt one to ask: is there any politician left in Brazil who is clean "enough" to take over the presidency without fears of compromising recordings emerging just months if not weeks later, resulting in another political scandal and more chaos in the biggest Latin American nation.

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spanish inquisition's picture

Meat packing business is doing good in Brazil.

Ghost of Porky's picture

Bribery is an accepted way of doing business in south america. Why should the leaders be any different?

rejected's picture

Soooo, what does anyone think that 40 billion Saudi wants to 'give' America to 'help' out with infrastructure is?

I know,,,, it's out of the goodness of their hearts.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

If Obama had a son (who is a country)...

Offthebeach's picture

Unbelievable.   Anerica has to have pedo Islamist give development aid to America for water pipes, shit and union built crater in a week road repair to the previous union slapped down road.  Oh, and you state employe Civil engineers,  you suck too.

barysenter's picture

Just the ones that crawled in for reasons other than merit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJfPV7HU1IM

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JethroBodien's picture

I'm shocked I tell you.  Shocked!  Why is it that corrupt morally bankrupt cock suckers always rise to power??

ACP's picture

I never would've thought something like this would happen in Latin America!

peddling-fiction's picture

The whole World bribes each other.

How are those speaking gig fees?

Sanity Bear's picture

> Bribery is an accepted way of doing business in south america.

the word "south" doesn't need to be there at all

Badsamm's picture

Yep. No corruption here in the US. Clean as a whistle.

Great Deceivah's picture

But.. But.. Lula is a socialist and a labor union leader... he is a hero of the people..  how can this be?? LOL

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Corruption. It's what's for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

<Oh, and for the Brazilians as well.>

rejected's picture

sheeet,,, they don't even come ankle high to Amercan politician corruption.

CrabbyR's picture

Their big mistake was copycatting western polititions...it only works when the media is under total control

small axe's picture

take all these criminals to the nearest favela and drop them off for the gangs to deal with

Cordeezy's picture

They learned well from the USA

www.escapeamazon.com

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Latins have their own form of corruption. 

But compared to a private central bank with the reserve currency all else pales.

taketheredpill's picture

 

 

This isn't news.  Call me when they find somebody in the Brazilian Parliament who DIDN'T take bribes.

 

Temple of Truth's picture

There is one - the "far right" Jair Bolsonaro, who will probably win the 2018 elections.

He's called the brazilian Trump. The establishment and fake media sure hate him.

bigsexy's picture

If you aren't bribing someoe or being bribed yourself you aren't even on the team, much less in the game down there.

NoWayJose's picture

If anyone looked, Washington DC is just as bad!

Karl Marxist's picture

Brazil is a direct product of Washington, dummy. Bill Cooper was right. Still the American people refuse to connect the dots despite efforts by power to disconnect them.

Swamp Yankee's picture

"Unprecidented"?  In Brazil? 

 

No, sweetie, this just means that it is a day that ends in 'y' only this time someone got caught.

 

Most likly explanation is that this time *someone else* did not get their cut.

DrData02's picture

How can Brazil have such an independent press when the USA has ONLY A PROPAGANDA MACHINE???

SgtShaftoe's picture

Dig deep enough and you'll find the CIA slithering around in the dark.

ipso_facto's picture

How many people on both side of the bribery transactions have gone to prison?  For how long?

JustPrintMoreDuh's picture

Brazil don't have shit on USSA

Joebloinvestor's picture

It's how they run in Latin America.

SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

These Brazilians  are idiots. You set up a Charitable Foundation. No need for off shore accounts or secrecy. BTW - can anyone find a new hospital, school or even a fucking house built in Haiti with the $1Billion Haitian Funds raised by The Clinton Foundation?

TGDavis's picture

Wasn't the Clinton foundation in charge of  $13.4 billion?  1 billion is for pikers. 

SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

I must have been thinking of the vig

smacker's picture

Another specially extended TV Globo "Jornal Nacional" prog tonight.

Note: One little trick the Brazilian Fed Police did to follow the money was to secretly attach tracking devices inside bags of cash which JBS top-guy Batista was handing out in bribes to the political elites. Then sit back and watch where it went to. Followed by a GOTCHA!! Also a lot of wire tapping was involved.

So now we have the following politicos involved:

Lula - ex president

Temer - current president

Rousseff - ex president

Cunha - leader of the senate

Neves - presidential candidate ran against Rousseff

A lot more to come methinks.

The jewish bossman of Odebrecht Marcos Odebrecht is already in jail for his part in huge kick-backs to politicos.

These huge corruption scandals just get deeper and deeper.

Meanwhile, Petrobras is on its knees. Embezzled of about USD 20 billion.

Great Deceivah's picture

(((Rousseff ))) is also member of the tribe....

Grandad Grumps's picture

Go figure! ALL Brazilian politicians are corrupt parasites! No Way! I never would have guessed!

bardot63's picture

It ain't just Brazil, Grandpa.

Jambo Mambo Bill's picture

I think the Real is the new Mexican pesos, by the end of the year it will probably be worthed half than now and will accelerate from that...