BRAZILIAN coup President Michel Temer managed to escape corruption charges in Congress on Thursday.
The lower Chamber of Deputies’ constitutional and justice commission voted to dismiss charges of soliciting bribes despite taped evidence splashed across national media.
Workers Party (PT) MPPatrus Ananias warned the committee against “turning our backs on society” by acquitting Mr Temer, saying Brazil would “continue to bleed” as long as he remained as president.
Mr Temer was taped asking meat-packing boss Joesley Batista for hush money for his jailed party-mate, ex-speaker Eduardo Cunha.
Mr Cunha, who led the impeachment of PT president Dilma Rousseff last year, threatened to finger everyone when he was jailed for corruption himself.
Last month the Supreme Court voted 4-3 to drop charges against Mr Temer and that Ms Rousseff took illegal donations in the 2014 election campaign, which could have prompted an early election.