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Bolsonaro Ally Resigns After Covid Cash Found in Underpants

  • Police searched Chico Rodrigues’ residence as part of probe
  • Bolsonaro seeks to end Carwash probe, saying corruption over
Senator Chico Rodrigues, right, with President Jair Bolsonaro’s son, Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro, left, in 2019.
Senator Chico Rodrigues, right, with President Jair Bolsonaro’s son, Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro, left, in 2019.Photographer: Andre Coelho/Bloomberg
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President Jair Bolsonaro’s deputy senate leader resigned from his position after Brazil’s federal police caught him with Covid assistance money stuffed in his underpants, according to the local press.

The government confirmed Thursday afternoon that Senator Chico Rodrigues was the target of an investigation into the embezzlement of 20 million reais ($3.5 million) in public funds intended to combat the pandemic. Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso suspended Rodrigues from his term as lawmaker for 90 days while the investigation is ongoing.