Brazil's Moro says 'nothing to hide' about leaked messages
The Brazilian Justice Minister and former judge claimed there was nothing improper about alleged conversations he had with prosecutors and dismissed the "sensationalism" created by the Intercept report.
Jonah Shrock is studying history at Brown University in Providence, RI.
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Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro said Wednesday there is nothing improper about alleged conversations he had with prosecutors when he was a crusading anti-corruption judge.
"There is nothing to hide. Sensationalism is being created around the news," Moro said in voluntary testimony at a Senate hearing.
The online news site The Intercept has published leaked documents and text messages it said show the former judge offering guidance to prosecutors in investigations that led to the conviction and jailing of ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The conviction helped block da Silva from seeking the presidency again in October's election.
On Wednesday, Moro said that a "criminal group" was aiming to "invalidate convictions for corruption and money laundering, hinder investigations that can reach powerful people or simply attack Brazilian institutions."
On Tuesday, The Intercept published a new report with information from an anonymous source that it claims show Moro did not agree with an investigation of former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso because the ex-leader supported his graft probe.
A statement from Cardoso's office said there were no allegations of corruption against him.
Brazil's federal police are currently looking into a series of attacks made on the cell phones of Moro and several Lava Jato prosecutors.
Moro said Wednesday that conversations between the parties of a trial are common in the "Brazilian legal tradition" and don't show interference.
"There is no illegality or ethical deviation in the published messages," he said.
Lawyers for da Silva have previously said that Moro's was not sufficiently impartial.