Temer will not be tried by STF, Brazil House Justice Committee votes

House Committee rejects report recommending Temer to go to trial

After behind-the-scenes changes, Michel Temer got to show some strength before the House roll call vote
Brazil Politics

This evening, Brazil’s House Justice Committee voted against placing President Temer in front of the Supreme Court (STF). Attorney General Rodrigo Janot accused the current Brazilian president of passive corruption two weeks ago.

Temer is the only Brazilian president accused of committing a crime while holding the country’s highest seat of power. Brazil’s Justice Committee (CCJ) rejected a request for the STF to examine the case against Brazil’s current president.

Deputy Sérgio Zveiter was the case rapporteur, arguing that the President should be tried for corruption by the STF.. However, the CCJ rejected Zveiter’s motion by 40 votes to 25, with one abstention.

Next steps

Zveiter will now step down as the case rapporteur. CCJ President Rodrigo Pacheco has appointed deputy Paulo Abi-Ackel for the case’s next stages.

As a congressman who voted against the motion to try Temer for passive corruption in the Supreme Court, Abi-Ackel must present the next plenary for the CCJ’s vote. In this text, Abi-Ackel will lay down the arguments as to why Temer’s case should not go to the STF.

However, it will be a House roll call vote that will decide Temer’s fate. To go any further, two-thirds of the House – a total of 342 out of 513 votes – must vote in favor. If this happens, the case will proceed to the Supreme Court, where 11 ministers will review it.

If the STF’s ministers accept the request to review the case at its next stages, Temer will be suspended for 180 days.

Changes behind the scenes

Temer’s government has been working behind the scenes over the last couple of weeks. Hoping to obtain a favorable result, it has changed 14 members of the Commission. Deputies and party leaders have also reportedly been under pressure to vote in favor of Temer.

Initially, the CCJ looked likely to approve Zveiter’s motion. However, as the changes in the Commission took place, the mood appears to have changed. Analysts say that this afternoon’s rejection of the motion is evidence of the changing dynamic.