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Brazil’s anti-corruption judge considers joining Bolsonaro

Flavio Bolsonaro, son of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, leaves after a meeting with his father, members of his party and campaign, to discuss the presidential transition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian judge at the center of a sprawling investigation into kickbacks to politicians is considering joining the government of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.

Bolsonaro was elected Sunday and will take office Jan. 1. He said during a recent interview that he would invite Judge Sergio Moro to be his justice minister or fill a future vacancy on the supreme court.

In a statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Moro said such an invitation “would be the object of careful discussion and reflection.”

The statement mentioned both possibilities but did not specify which he might consider.

Launched in 2014, the “Operation Car Wash” investigation has led to the jailing of many of the country’s top businessmen and politicians. That includes jailed ex-President Luiz Inacio da Silva, convicted by Moro.

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