The conversation centered on “changing” the government to “stop the bleeding” revealed by the so-called Car Wash investigation into Petrobras’ corrupt practices. Both men are being actively investigated for corruption under the probe, and Juca resigned from his positionon Monday.
The leaked conversations feature Juca contemplating a possible Michel Temer government, with a condition that the ongoing probe be dissolved. This conversation took place just weeks before Rousseff was suspended from her post amid impeachment proceedings.
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Rousseff is accused of manipulating financial data to hide a growing public deficit ahead of her 2014 reelection, and was suspended from office for 180 days, after senators voted 55 to 22, pending a full impeachment trial.