Opinion: Brazil’s Rumor Mill

At this point it’s anyone’s guess what will happen, but if the Curmudgeon were a betting man, he’d bet that the “Dump Temer” troupe will win the day, and that Rodrigo Maia will soon become President.

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – There have always been lots of rumors circulating about the Lava Jato (Car Wash) investigation, but last week they have been growing faster and more substantial. Most of them concern President Temer, who is currently facing charges of passive corruption.

The constitution requires that a 2/3 vote of the federal Chamber of Deputies vote in favor of having a trial of a sitting President charged with “ordinary” (as opposed to “impeachable”) crimes. If

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