(Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he was suing a Supreme Court judge, marking the latest episode of a clash between the president and the court that could affect the country’s upcoming presidential election.
Bolsonaro filed a lawsuit against Judge Alexandre de Moraes for abuse of power, alleging “attacks on democracy, disrespect for the Constitution and contempt for fundamental rights and guarantees,” according to a text message to his supporters that was reviewed by Reuters after it was. received from Ricardo Barros, who leads Bolsonaro’s party in the lower house of Congress.
Moraes is a frequent subject of Bolsonaro’s anger over his investigations into the president’s alleged spread of false news and the annulment of a series of presidential decrees.
Bolsonaro said his lawsuit was backed by Moraes’ “unwarranted” investigation into the president’s role in the misinformation exchange, as well as an investigation into Bolsonaro’s allegations against the country’s voting system.
The president, who is running for re-election in the October election, has repeatedly questioned the integrity of the next ballot.
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The Supreme Court and the presidency did not respond to a request for comment when contacted by Reuters.
(Reporting by Carolina Pulice and Maria Carolina Marcello; Editing by Brendan O’Boyle and Christian Schmollinger)
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