Ricardo Noblat – O Globo, 7/12/2015
The scene described by Folha de S. Paulo’s reporters Natuza Nery and Marina Dias occurred Friday, June 26th, in the library of the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia.
Gathered there were President Dilma Rousseff, her special advisor, Giles Azevedo, Minister-Chief of Staff Aloizio Mercadante, Minister of Social Communications, Edinho Silva, and Minister of Justice, José Eduardo Cardozo.
The president had called the meeting to discuss VEJA’s latest report, in which contractor Ricardo Pessoa, owner of [construction company] UTC, had accused Dilma’s campaign of benefitting from his donations of laundered money.
The report infuriated Dilma, the day before she was to travel to the United States to meet with President Barack Obama, Dilma was infuriated.
According to Folha’s the report, [the president was] “agitated, walking in circles and gesturing a lot.” She looked at her advisers and howled furiously: “I will not pay for this. Whoever did it will pay.” And insisted:
– I won’t pay for other people’s crap.
After an anxious while, Dilma even blamed Minister of Justice, José Eduardo Cardozo.
– Couldn’t you have asked Teori [Zavascki] to wait four or five days to ratify the whistleblower [testimony]? – asked Dilma.
She referred to the Federal Supreme Court’s Minister, responsible for all the prosecution cases in the Lava Jato investigation on Petrobras. He was the one to consent Pessoa’s plea bargain.
– This is a national agenda, Cardozo, and you screwed my trip to the United States.
The Worker’s Party does not accept with Cardozo’s lack of control over the Federal Police. And from what it seems, Dilma wants him to control minister Zavascki too.
Early last week, Cardozo intermediated a secret meeting in Porto, Portugal, between President Dilma and Ricardo Lewandowski, president of the Federal Supreme Court.
There, the three leaders discussed the [salary] increase of Judiciary personnel , the Lava Jato Operation, and what the Supreme Court could do to prevent a possible request for Dilma’s impeachment.
Photo courtesy of Portal Brasil and can be found at: http://www.brasil.gov.br/governo/2015/04/dilma-nao-podemos-permitir-a-reducao-da-maioridade-penal/dilma-e-cardozo.jpg/view
• Translated from Portuguese by Júlia Cardoso, an undergraduate senior at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, and summer intern at the Brazil Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.