Chief of Staff Jaques Wagner responded to Lower House Speaker Eduardo Cunha who declared that President Dilma Rousseff lied when affirming the presidency has made no political bargaining with Congress. According to Wagner, the deputy is the one lying.
On Thursday (Dec. 3), to rebut President Dilma Rousseff's statement, Eduardo Cunha said Rousseff met with Deputy André Moura, responsible for the report on tax reform at the lower house, to offer the support of the Workers' Party's (PT) members to vote for dropping the case against Cunha on the Ethics Committee (where he goes through a process) in exchange of approving the bill to bring back the old CPMF tax (Provisional Tax on Financial Transactions).
Jaques Wagner denied that the president has met the deputy, and assured that "Deputy André Moura has not met with President Dilma, he met me; I have always discussed the economic agenda with him, as an envoy of the house's speaker," said the minister during a news conference at the presidential palace.
Wagner said the talkings with Moura came down to projects in the economic area that are scheduled to the voted at the lower house. They have never discussed accepting impeachment calls.
The minister, one of the closest to Dilma, adopted an aggressive tone against Cunha's statements and said that the house's presidency has been turned into an "opposition bunker" and that because of the Ethics Committee's investigation, the deputy has no legitimacy to preside the lower house. "He lost legitimacy to hold the presidency's seat at the House that is judging him."
Wagner accused Cunha of blackmailing the government on the possibility of initiating the impeachment proceedings, which, according to him, became the "only agenda" for some sectors of society since January. "They have walked the whole year with flashlight in hand, looking for evidences to call for President Dilma's impeachment. And everyone knows that there is no intent, no kind of bad faith, there is nothing wrong connected to President Dilma."
For the minister, because Cunha accepted to initiate the impeachment proceedings, the government can bring to light his blackmail and defend itself. He concluded: "In fact, the heaviest defeated of this process is President [of Chamber of Deputies] Eduardo Cunha, who will have to go through, without threatening, the process in the Ethics Committee."
Translated by Amarílis Anchieta
Fonte: Jaques Wagner refutes allegations and says Cunha lied