From 'super minister' to 'disgrace', Moro goes to Senate in his most delicate moment

Brazil's Justice Minister Sérgio Moro

Brazil's Justice Minister Sérgio Moro

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Under attack, the former judge will try to explain leaked messages on Operation Car Wash

Sworn in as a 'super minister' and praised as the 'moral cornerstone' of Jair Bolsonaro's administration, Justice Minister Sergio Moro will be heard by Senate today (July 19). This is said to be the most fragile moment of his political career. The Constitution and Justice Commission hearing will start at 9 am (1 pm in Lisbon), and the former Operation Car Wash judge is expected to attack the hackers who have obtained the messages released by The Intercept Brazil, claiming that he has no way to confirm their content and that the talks may have been edited.

This is the strategy that Moro has been using since the first reports on the case - and the Bolsonaro minister is expected to keep it during the Senate hearing. Messages released on Sunday (July 9) suggest that judge Moro and Deltan Dallagnol - the chief prosecutor of the Operation Car Wash task force - have worked close together to build the case.

On Tuesday (July 18), just one day before the former judge's hearing, The Intercept Brasil released new conversations between Moro and Dallagnol. These messages may raise new questions about Moro's alleged bias, as they suggest, among other things, that the former judge is worried that a particular investigation may upset former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso (PSDB).

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