President turns back effort to suspend him on bribery case
BRASILIA | Brazil’s lower house of Congress on Wednesday rejected a corruption charge against President Michel Temer, a move that saved the embattled president from suspension from office and a formal trial before the Supreme Court on charges of taking bribes.
In June, Mr. Temer was accused by Brazil’s attorney general of orchestrating a plan to receive millions of dollars in illicit payments. A former Temer aide was arrested with a suitcase with $150,000 in cash, much of which allegedly destined for Mr. Temer.
Mr. Temer denied the allegation and said there was no proof he received any money. Opposition politicians tried throughout the day to postpone the vote in a sign they were short of the number needed to keep the case alive.