Jair Bolsonaro’s efforts to present himself as an anti-corruption crusader suffered another blow after police reportedly grabbed a stack of banknotes between the clenched buttocks of one of his allies.
Chico Rodriguez, Brazil’s deputy president in the Senate, was reportedly caught with the hidden package on Wednesday during a police search of his home. The raid is part of an operation against suspected misappropriation of public funds to fight Covid-1
The Estado de São Paulo newspaper said two sources had told it 30,000 reais (more than £ 4,100) were hidden in the pants of Rodriguez, a senator from the Amazon state of Roraima.
“To give you an idea of how ridiculous the situation is, some of the recovered notes were stained with feces, “reports Revista Crusoe,, the conservative magazine that shattered history.
“It was a scene of considerable embarrassment,” Crusoe said of the moment police made their discovery as they toured the senator’s home in Roraima’s capital, Boa Vista.
Brazilians share the news under the viral hashtag #PropinaNaBunda. Many assumed that the find would be remembered “in the annals of history ”.
Rodriguez did not immediately offer an explanation for the contents of his underwear, but denied any wrongdoing, suggesting that rivals were trying to defraud his name.
“I have a pure origin and an honorable life. I have never been involved in a scandal, “the 69-year-old insisted.
Brazil’s far-right president won power in 2018, promising to end political theft after what some called the largest corruption investigation in history.
“I do not believe there are any [corruption] in my government, “Bolsonaro said Wednesday, threatening to kick every fraudulent politician.
His administration has been embroiled in scandal, including suspicions that one of his political sons, Flavio, presided over a long-running corruption racket. Flavio Bolsonaro denied these allegations.