Brazil's president says investigators aim at son to hit him
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Brazil's president says investigators aim at son to hit him

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks during a ceremony where he signed a second decree that eases gun restrictions, during the signing ceremony at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The decree opens Brazil's market to guns and ammunition made outside of Brazil according to a summary of the decree. Gun owners can now buy between 1,000 -5,000 rounds of ammunition per year depending on their license, up from 50 rounds. Lower-ranking military members can now carry guns after 10 years of service. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s president accuses prosecutors of targeting his son in a corruption probe as a way to attack him and his far-right administration.

President Jair Bolsonaro told journalists Thursday during a visit to Texas that prosecutors will not find damaging information against him. He also accused the media of plotting his demise.

Several Brazilian outlets say Rio de Janeiro state prosecutors believe Sen. Flavio Bolsonaro bought and sold real estate to launder millions of dollars. Flavio Bolsonaro denies any wrongdoing. The Associated Press could not confirm the accusations independently.

Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil’s presidency last year with an anti-corruption and pro-gun message.

Several top Brazilian politicians and business executives have been engulfed by the “Car Wash” corruption probe since 2014. Bolsonaro was one of the few presidential candidates cleared by investigators.

The Associated Press

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