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Video of Cabinet meeting puts Brazil s Bolsonaro under fire

A profanity-laced video showing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro expressing frustration at his inability to get information from police and vowing to change Cabinet ministers if needed to protect his family was released Friday at the order of a Supreme Court justice in a new blow to a president whose popularity has been sagging. The two-hour video of a Cabinet meeting, with portions redacted, was released as part of a probe into allegations that the president was trying to illegally interfere in a criminal investigation of his son, a claim made by former Justice Minister Srgio Moro when he resigned last month. The former minister told investigators Bolsonaro openly demanded he make changes in key federal police positions, including the head of the agency as a whole. Moro resigned after Bolsonaro fired the federal police director-general without consulting him. Bolsonaro has denied inappropriate pressure and insisted his quotes were misinterpreted. The video shows the president ...

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