By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter
SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Former Chief of Staff José Dirceu was arrested during the early morning hours on Monday, August 3rd, by Brazil’s Federal Police as part of the agency’s on-going investigation into the corruption scandal, Operação Lava Jato (Carwash). Dirceu was one of seven arrested this morning in the seventeenth phase of the inquiry.
Once President Lula’s main political advisor, and for many the most powerful man in Brazil’s government, Dirceu was arrested along with six others, including his brother, who is a partner in his consultancy . . .