In late August 2015, Michel Temer left a meeting in his office and said that the possibility of impeaching Dilma Rousseff was unthinkable. Now, the impeached deputy Eduardo Cunha says that the vice president already led, behind the scenes, the articulations for the removal of the PT.
Mayor of the time, Cunha describes Temer’s actions and the negotiation of positions for the new government with parties from the center, even before the opening of the process, in early December of that year.
The reports are in “Tchau, Querida: O Diário do Impeachment”, a book that the cassated deputy wrote with his daughter Danielle Cunha and that will be released on Saturday (17). The text has its version of the process.
Imprisoned since October 2016, he defends himself against charges of corruption and money laundering, for which he has already been convicted in three cases. In March 2020, Cunha obtained the right to house arrest.
In stretches to which leaf had access, he cites an alleged offer by Dilma to help him in STF (Supreme Federal Court) cases, accuses the government of trying to incriminate him, reports an outburst he would have heard from Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and says he received a proposal to record Temer on the sly.
OR ROLE OF FEAR
Cunha cites the end of August 2015 as a milestone for Temer’s entry into the impeachment negotiations. For the impeached deputy, Temer became “leader of the process” when he left the post of political articulator of the government, on the 24th of that month.
On behalf of the deputy, the then mayor discussed positions in the future government before the process began. “Temer put himself as president, campaigning for a congressional election, in which everyone knew what they would gain before voting. Nothing was free,” he writes.
Cunha also says that he discussed the impeachment in August with leaders of the PP and PL – parties from the center who were part of Dilma’s allied base. They would not leave the government until the following year.
Temer denies involvement in the process and says he will only speak up after reading the book.
PROPOSAL TO RECORD THE PRESIDENT
With Temer already in power, Cunha would have received a proposal from the PGR (Attorney General’s Office) to record the then president, without his knowing it.
Cunha was already removed from the presidency of the Chamber. The objective, according to him, was to incriminate Temer “to stop the accusations against me”. He says he did not accept the proposal: “I have character and I would never submit to it.”
IMPEACHMENT AS RETALIATION
Cunha says that the impeachment was not a retaliation against the PT. In the book, however, he claims that he left Dilma after investigations against him were carried out.
For Cunha, the steps of Attorney General Rodrigo Janot were a double with the then Minister of Justice, José Eduardo Cardozo. The aim would be to weaken it.
In March 2015, when Janot opens an investigation against Cunha, he calls Temer, warns that the tone will rise against the government and says he is “drooling with hatred”.
The impeached deputy also states that he decided to announce his departure from the government in July of that year, after learning that the PGR (Attorney General’s Office) had taken a deposition that incriminated him. “Everyone was going to shoot. And everyone was going to die,” he writes.
Cardozo says that Cunha “does not have the slightest credibility to make accusations” and that he used his political power to carry out investigations. Janot replied: “I don’t talk to a bandit! I haven’t read the book and I won’t read it!”
THE RELATIONSHIP WITH DILMA AND REPORTS ON AN AGREEMENT
Cunha says that the government has made a series of proposals to approach him and avoid the impeachment process.
In 2015, Cardozo would have suggested that he appoint a minister for the STF in exchange for the shelving of the Bengal PEC – which removed Dilma’s power to appoint new members to the court. The former Minister of Justice denies it.
The impeached deputy also details a statement he had already made to the leaf in 2016. Cunha says that, in September 2015, Dilma indicated that she could call on five STF ministers to help him, but says that it did not materialize.
Dilma’s publicist responded that Cunha “is a notorious liar” and that he refers to the ex-president with “insinuations and gossip”. The PT adds that the media acts as “his accomplice” and that the impeached deputy should not be included in the list of best sellers, but the “trash can of history”.
TALKS WITH SQUID
At a meeting in March 2015, according to the impeached deputy, Lula “regretted Dilma’s stance” in the election for the presidency of the Chamber, when the PT was defeated. Cunha says that the PT defended more space for the PMDB in the government and, later, suggested the appointment of Temer to the Ministry of Justice.
The PT would also have criticized the possible appointment of Edson Fachin to the STF. He would end up chosen by Dilma the following month.
In March 2016, on the eve of the impeachment vote in the Chamber, the two met at the home of businessman Joesley Batista in São Paulo. According to Cunha, the PT member would have offered the votes of the PT to save him in the Ethics Council and promised to talk to Dilma to reverse the STF sending investigations from Cunha to Curitiba.
“Containing his tears, Lula said that the biggest mistake he had made in his life was to have allowed Dilma to run for re-election,” he adds.
Lula’s team stated that the ex-president “did not read the book, will not read or comment”.
MILITARY AND POLICY
Cunha recounts a trip he made to the Amazon in August 2015, at the invitation of General Eduardo Villas Bôas, then commander of the Army.
According to Cunha, the commander said that he would have a dinner with Michel Temer “to strengthen relations and, at the same time, get to know his ideas”. At that time, impeachment would already be on the vice president’s radar.
Cunha attributes to the general a concern with “the political confusion” of the period and says that Villas Bôas “revolted” with a rumor that Lula could take over the Ministry of Defense.
For Cunha, Villas Bôas demonstrated that the military who worked with Dilma were “sources of information for commanders”. “He demonstrated to know the routine of the palace with a resourcefulness that would not be possible without internal sources. […] Dilma did not know, but she was watched all the time inside the palace “, she says.
AÉCIO AND IMPEACHMENT
The impeached deputy describes the actions of Aécio Neves (PSDB) before the impeachment. The toucan preferred that the Dilma-Temer ticket be impeached in the TSE (Superior Electoral Court), so that he could participate in a new election.
In April 2015, according to the book, Aécio warned that he would file a request for Dilma’s removal, but asked Cunha not to accept him – “only that it would take time to reject him, so that he could do the political exploration of the fact”.
Later, Aécio changed his stance. In a dinner with Temer, he started to work so that Armínio Fraga would be the Minister of Finance of the new government. Cunha says he acted to stop that name and get Henrique Meirelles in office, at the request of Joesley Batista.
Cunha also states that the toucan received information from allies in the PGR about Lava Jato investigations. He says that, in a conversation, Aécio would have passed on information about a whistleblower who had changed his testimony to incriminate Cunha.
Aécio’s reply is short: “These are fantasies that don’t even deserve comment”.
COUNCIL OF ETHICS AND DEPUTY TIA ERON
The impeached deputy accuses members of the Ethics Council of the Chamber of attempted extortion to free him from the process of losing his mandate.
He mentions the then president of the collegiate, José Carlos Araújo (PL-BA) and the first rapporteur of the process, Fausto Pinato (PP-SP). Politicians say that Cunha lies.
Cunha also makes a revelation about the deputy Tia Eron (Republicanos-BA), author of the decisive vote in the Council for the cassation.
“I chose her after a previous conversation in which she made a commitment to vote for me. But that was one of the biggest mistakes of my life. She betrayed the commitment,” he writes.