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Brazil Crisis Deepens With Probe of President, Top Senator

  • Associated Press

Federal police officers leave the building where Brazilian Sen. Aecio Neves resides, at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 18, 2017.

Brazilian federal police are searching the office and homes of a top senator and presidential contender.

Thursday's searches of Sen. Aecio Neves' home in Rio de Janeiro and his Brasilia office are fallout from a widespread corruption investigation that has also reached President Michel Temer.

Neves nearly won the presidency in 2014 and had planned to run in 2018. He is being investigated in several corruption cases related to the “Car Wash” probe into kickbacks to politicians. He has denied wrongdoing.

Late Wednesday, Globo newspaper reported that Neves was recorded asking JBS meat-packing company executive Joesley Batista for $700,000 to pay for his “Car Wash” defense.

Globo also reported that Temer was recorded by Batista endorsing the bribing of a former lawmaker to keep him quiet. Temer denies the allegation.

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