The latest corruption scandal risks undermining country’s efforts to recover from its worst recession since the 1930s.
Temer came to power earlier this year, after former President Dilma Rousseff was impeached over allegations of manipulating the budget, which she has denied. Earlier in November, Rousseff accused Temer of taking a large bribe.
In an interview with Sputnik Brazil, Chico Alencar, a lawmaker from the the Socialism and Freedom Party, commented on the impeachment motion against Michel Temer.
"The ground for this move is the constitution. The 1950 impeachment law describes the crimes for which the president can be brought to responsibility, for example, for influence peddling. Moreover, article 85 of the constitution describes for which violations of his duties the president should be put to justice," Alencar pointed out.
Vieira Lima was the man who invested in the construction of apartments in Salvador. He submitted his resignation after Calero told federal investigators that Temer has pressured him over the construction project.
"But what did the president do? Instead of condemning Geddel, he supported him. For us, it’s clear that this is a crime for which the president should be suspended from office. Temer is responsible for the policy the county is already tired of. This is why we’re trying to initiate impeachment," Alencar said.