Joaquim Barbosa tells allies to view Moro’s candidacy with suspicion

The solely probability of him migrating to politics for good is whether it is to run for the Plateau, say at the least two pals of the previous president of the STF

Julia Chaib and Catia Seabra
Brasília, DF and Rio de Janeiro, RJ

After a gathering with Sergio Moro (Podemos), retired STF (Federal Supreme Court) minister Joaquim Barbosa instructed individuals shut to him that he’s suspicious of the previous choose’s candidacy.

The pre-candidate for the Presidency by Podemos talked to the previous president of the Supreme Court on Monday (10), in Rio de Janeiro. The agenda is a part of a collection of political talks that the previous Justice of the Peace has scheduled for the second week of the yr.

The assembly happened on the request of the previous Minister of Justice of Jair Bolsonaro (PL). According to Barbosa’s allies, within the dialog, the retired minister refuted any risk of being a candidate for Moro’s vice and even running for the federal government of Rio de Janeiro.

The solely probability for him to migrate to politics as soon as and for all is whether it is to run for the Plateau, say at the least two pals of the previous president of the STF.

After the assembly, Barbosa instructed allies that he doesn’t see Moro’s method to Lava Jato prosecutors and the navy as constructive. And he additionally suspects that the previous Justice of the Peace could abandon the race for the presidency to attempt for a seat within the Senate if the presidential candidacy doesn’t take off.

The dialog between them happened, say individuals shut to Barbosa, courtesy of the previous president of the STF, who didn’t need to be inelegant regardless of by no means having had a lot sympathy for the previous choose. On the opposite.


When Moro left the judiciary to take over Bolsonaro’s Ministry of Justice, Barbosa criticized him in personal conversations and mentioned he had made a blunder.

The assembly between the 2 happened in Barbosa’s residence. The former Minister of Justice promoted the dialog whereas he’s searching for a candidate for the federal government of the state of Rio de Janeiro, the place Podemos maintains an alliance with Governor Cláudio Castro (PL).

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Barbosa is talked about by Moro’s allies as a reputation that might fill that function. But the idea was not mentioned with the command of Podemos in Rio, which was not knowledgeable of the assembly.

Before that, in 2018, the previous president of the Supreme Court was even quoted to be a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic by the PSB, which is at present negotiating a ticket with former President Lula (PT).


Barbosa commanded the STF within the trial of the month-to-month allowance, which led to the conviction of PT members for the scheme within the Lula authorities.

The assembly got here amid a collection of political talks that Moro has this week.

This Tuesday (11), the pre-candidate for the Presidency landed in Brasília and spoke with economist Marcos Cintra by cellphone.

Cintra is a former Revenue Secretary and plans to current an financial plan to Moro.


The former choose additionally spoke with the nucleus that prepares the federal government plan for the Amazon, which is coordinated by economist Affonso Celso Pastore, with General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz (Podemos), and with state coordinators of Podemos.

After the talks, Moro travels to São Paulo this Wednesday (12).

The assembly is a part of the offensive of former choose Moro within the face of his candidacy for the Palácio do Planalto.


This Tuesday, Moro once more accused President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) of “dismantling” the combat towards corruption. After criticizing the Lula and Bolsonaro governments, the previous choose mentioned that, in his undertaking, he has no risk of repeating these crimes.


In an interview with CBN-Florianópolis, he mentioned he was not making his title out there as a pre-candidate to “repeat month-to-month allowance from the PT authorities”.

“I’m not placing my title to repeat from the present authorities these ‘cracking’ schemes, of appropriating the wage of a subordinate as a parliamentarian, or of dismantling the combat towards corruption, of dealing with public funds in a non-transparent method”, he mentioned.

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“Fighting corruption is in my DNA. “There isn’t any risk of repeating these errors. No errors. It’s form of a lightweight method of claiming it. There isn’t any risk of repeating these crimes within the train of energy in my undertaking.”

The former choose once more criticized the annulment of Lava Jato convictions. “The STF commits an enormous miscarriage of justice, an enormous miscarriage of justice, by overturning convictions for corruption for purely formal causes.” According to him, this can be a main miscarriage of justice “that makes us go backwards within the combat towards corruption”.

Last yr, Moro suffered a tough defeat within the STF (Supreme Federal Court), which thought of him partial within the actions through which he acted as federal Justice of the Peace towards Lula. As a end result, actions within the triplex circumstances of Guarujá, Atibaia web site and Instituto Lula by Lava Jato had been annulled.

Willing to spherical up Bolsonaro voters, Moro additionally seeks assist within the evangelical phase. On December 28, he met with Pastor RR Soares, founding father of the International Church of the Grace of God.
The pastor’s son, Deputy David Soares (DEM-SP), says that the previous choose “went to introduce himself and communicate about his proposals for Brazil to the missionary, who welcomed him and listened”.

In cost of this articulation of the pre-candidacy with the evangelical phase, Uziel Santana, who presided over Anajure (National Association of Evangelical Jurists), organized the assembly alongside the president of Podemos, deputy Renata Abreu (SP).

According to Uziel, “Moro could be very excited by studying about the phase’s agenda” and, since November, he has already met with round 40 evangelical leaders. In addition, Moro seeks allies within the stitching of an alliance with União Brasil, which would be the results of the merger of DEM with PSL. RR Soares’ youngsters are members of DEM.

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“I perceive that he’s in search of a variety of assist, together with the DEM, the occasion I’m affiliated with”, says David Soares.

For Uziel, this dialog is very necessary when União Brasil is deciding who to assist within the presidential elections. President of the DEM and pre-candidate for the federal government of Bahia, ACM Neto has been suggested to assist Bolsonaro within the state. But resist the idea.

In addition to evangelicals, Moro will meet with representatives of various religions subsequent week.

Also this Tuesday, Moro instructed CBN-Florianópolis that “politics is the artwork of dialogue”.

“You want to have an electoral alliance nonetheless in 2022 on prime of a undertaking,” he mentioned.

Uziel says he is aware of that RR Soares is a buddy of Bolsonaro and that the evangelical phase, particularly the neo-Petencostals, are principally aligned with the president. But he states that “they aren’t closed in on themselves”.

In February 2020, Bolsonaro attended the occasion celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the Universal Church of Grace of God. Alongside RR Soares, he repeated that “the nation is secular, however the president is Christian”.

Last week, Moro toured Paraíba, beginning a tour of Brazilian states with the intention of articulating platforms and in search of allies for his marketing campaign this yr.

Moro had round him a bunch of parliamentarians who had been elected to the Chamber of Deputies and Senate in 2018 within the Bolsonarist wave, however they broke up or moved away from President Jair Bolsonaro through the present legislature.

The ex-judge expects to go to different states within the Northeast within the coming months with the intention of gaining muscle in a area the place former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) has nice capillarity and President Jair Bolsonaro has excessive rejection.

Despite the investments within the area, Moro faces difficulties to set up aggressive platforms within the Northeast.

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