BRASILIA – Attorneys for Brazilian President Michel Temer asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to remove the country’s top prosecutor, Rodrigo Janot, who filed corruption charges against the president and is studying other possible charges.
“It is public and well known that the actions of the prosecutor, in cases related to the president of the republic, overstep constitutional and legal limits by a great deal,” said lawyer Antonio Claudio Mariz, who represents Temer, in a document delivered on Tuesday to the high court.
Janot, who will conclude his mandate as prosecutor in September, filed charges against Temer for alleged passive corruption, a move already shelved in a decision by the Chamber of Deputies, but officials in his office say that he is preparing two other charges for obstruction of justice and illicit association.
According to Temer’s defense team, Janot is being “obstinate” in continuing to dredge up incriminating “elements” against the president, something is “clearly excessive and outside the appropriate and normal framework.”
The lawyers also criticize the harsh declarations Janot has made against the president in assorted forums and interviews, claiming that this is evidence of an “evident enmity” the prosecutor harbors against Temer.
The first denunciation made by Janot against Temer was analyzed last week by the full Chamber of Deputies, which constitutionally must be the body that authorizes the Supreme Court to prosecute a serving president.
In a 263-227 vote, lawmakers rejected the initial charge filed by Janot, thus shelving it until Temer leaves office on Jan. 1, 2019.