A Supreme Court judge in charge of Brazil’s sprawling Car Wash corruption investigation, on Tuesday ordered that Mr Temer to give his testimony in writing, “on the grounds of exceptionality of the investigation.”
Once the questionnaire has been delivered to Mr Temer, he would have to respond within 24 hours, according sources at the Supreme Court.
The judicial order by Edison Fachin comes nearly two weeks after the release of a recording secretly taped by Joesley Batista — the former chairman of the world’s largest meatpacker JBS — in which he allegedly discusses bribes with the president.
Mr Temer has denied the allegations.
But the furor has rattled markets with concerns that the government — which is pushing through reforms considered essential to Brazil’s long-term economic survival –may fall. Amid the country’s worst recession ever recorded, analysts think that the unpopular Mr Temer might not survive the scandal.
Temer is in a delicate position as he has been denounced by the JBS executive as proof of recording in which Temer and Joesley Batista combine bribery and obstruction of justice in Car Wash.