Brazil's electoral court keeps Temer in office

Temer took office a year ago, promising a "new era" for Brazil following Rousseff's impeachment over accusations of taking illegal state loans to patch budget holes in 2014.

The revelations came just hours after the Supreme Electoral Tribunal cleared Temer's 2014 campaign of charges that it received illegal financing.

(AP Photo/Eraldo Peres). Military Police stand guard outside the headquarters building of the Superior Electoral Court, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 8, 2017. Brazil's top electoral court is preparing to vote on a decision that could force President Michel Temer.

If the electoral court votes to remove Mr. Temer from office, he has said he would appeal the decision and is expected to remain in office while he waits for the Supreme Court's ruling. Brazil's top electoral court is considering whether to annul what is left of President.

The presidential palace quickly responded, saying Temer "never deployed (Abin) to investigate the life of Supreme Court Minister Edson Fachin, as was reported".

That company recently reached agreement on a $3.2 billion fine for giving $186 million in bribes to almost 1,900 politicians, echoing the scandal that brought down Rousseff and Cunha - a far-reaching, $3 billion graft scandal centered on state oil company Petrobras.

The accusation stems from the 2014 presidential election won by Dilma Rousseff.

Temer became president in August after Rouseff was impeached for illegally moving funds between government budgets.

Four out of seven court judges ruled in favor of lack of evidence. Last month, he was caught red-handed on tape giving his blessings to hush money paid to Eduardo Cunha, former speaker of Brazil's lower house of representatives.

If a guilty verdict had been reached, Temer would have been suspended from office, and Rousseff would have lost her political rights.

His already very low popularity has plunged further amid the corruptions allegations.

The separate investigation by prosecutors into Temer includes a secret recording of a conversation with a top executive of meatpacker JBS SA.

"The days ahead will be very hard for Temer". Temer is trying to pass austerity measures to revive Brazil's economy, including bills to loosen labor laws and shore up the pension system. While deeply unpopular among Brazilians, many economists have argued they are necessary to help pull Latin America's largest nation from recession and many members of Congress want them passed, if anything to be able to point at something besides widespread corruption.

Mendes, who backed the impeachment of Rousseff, said the country should not expect the court to solve the current political crisis.