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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A Congressional panel in Brazil rejected on Thursday a recommendation that President Michel Temer be charged with the crime of passive corruption. The decision comes a day after former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was convicted of money-laundering and accepting bribes. Both cases are part of the mega-corruption investigation in Brazil known as Lava Jato (Car Wash).

"President Michel Temer congratulates each of the deputies who today, with civic courage, have given their vote in defense of the Constitution and democracy," President spokesperson Alexandre Parola told reporters . . .

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