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Brazil’s Bolsonaro to appoint Moro to Supreme Court

May 13, 2019
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FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2018 file photo, Justice Minister Sergio Moro, who was appointed Justice Minister by President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, speaks to the press as he arrives to Bolsonaro's team transition office in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro said on Sunday, May 12, 2019 that he will nominate the anti-corruption crusader to the Supreme Court whenever there is an opening. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro said Sunday that he will nominate anti-corruption crusader Sergio Moro to the Supreme Court whenever there is an opening.

“The first opening there is I have this commitment to Moro. God willing, we will fulfill this commitment,” the president said in an interview with Radio Bandeirantes.

Moro is best known for leading prosecutions as a judge in the “Operation Car Wash” investigation, which has been Brazil’s biggest corruption scandal ever. It has brought the jailing of former presidents and swaths of the country’s political and business elite.

Moro is now justice minister in the Bolsonaro administration. That appointment drew criticism from some Brazilians, because Moro convicted former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of corruption, which kept him from running again in the election won by Bolsonaro.

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