Alexandre de Moraes is the new rapporteur for the Bolsonaro and Moro survey at the STF | Policy

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Supreme Federal Court (STF) Minister Alexandre de Moraes is the new rapporteur of the investigation that investigates whether President Jair Bolsonaro tried to intervene in the autonomy of the Federal Police.

The name was defined by lot by the electronic system of the STF, after the President of the Court, Minister Luiz Fux, determined the redistribution of the case among the court’s ministers.

The decision met a request from the defense of former minister Sergio Moro, who is also investigated in the investigation. The original rapporteur of the process at the STF was Minister Celso de Mello, who retired from office on the 12th.

Due to the normal progress, the files of Celso de Mello’s office should be passed on to his replacement in office. President Jair Bolsonaro appointed Judge Kassio Nunes Marques for the vacancy, but the name needs to be confirmed by the Senate. Marques’ hearing should take place this Wednesday (21).

President of the Supreme Court determined the redistribution of the investigation on Bolsonaro’s alleged interference with the PF

Moro’s lawyers argued that redistribution was necessary because the investigation is an urgent procedure.

The investigation is stalled pending another STF decision, related to the format of President Jair Bolsonaro’s statement to the PF.

Then the case’s rapporteur, Minister Celso de Mello voted for the definition of a face-to-face deposition – it was Mello’s last vote before retirement. The Attorney General’s Office wants Bolsonaro to be able to speak in writing.

Celso de Mello votes in favor of Bolsonaro's face-to-face testimony to the PF

Celso de Mello votes in favor of Bolsonaro’s face-to-face testimony to the PF

Jair Bolsonaro and Sergio Moro are included in the investigation as investigated. The investigation was opened with the approval of the Supreme Court because Moro, when leaving office, accused the President of the Republic of trying to interfere politically in the command of the Federal Police.

According to Moro, Bolsonaro requested intelligence reports and asked for changes in command of the corporation. The President of the Republic denies the charges.

Moraes is already rapporteur for two other inquiries in the Supreme Court that bother the government and reach the president’s allies:

  • which investigates attacks on members of the Court and the spread of fake news on the internet,
  • and what investigates the financing and organization of anti-democratic acts.

Parliamentarians, businessmen and bloggers with scholarships are investigated.

Fux’s decision comes a day before the hearing of Kassio Marques in the Senate Constitution and Justice Commission, which was chosen by Bolsonaro to replace Celso de Mello. By the rules of the Court, if there were no redistribution, Marques would inherit the rapporteur of the case.

The STF has yet to define the model for the testimony of the president in the inquiry: whether it will be in person or in writing. Celso de Mello voted to maintain his order to be in person. There are still ten votes to go, and there is no deadline for the case to be resumed.

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