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Brazil Police Tapped Rousseff Discussing Lula Cabinet Post

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Critics: Recordings Show Rousseff Was Shielding Lula

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The federal judge leading Brazil’s largest corruption probe released phone recordings of President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva discussing his cabinet appointment.

Judge Sergio Moro published transcripts of conversations that federal police obtained by tapping Lula’s phone as part of a corruption investigation, known as Carwash. In one of the transcripts, published Wednesday evening, Rousseff makes reference to Lula’s appointment as her chief of staff, saying that she was sending the document confirming his nomination and that he should use it only when needed.