U.S. senator blames Bolsonaro for Jan 8. riot

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U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, on Wednesday blamed former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for the January 8 riots in Brasília, when his far-right supporters stormed the buildings housing all three branches of government. Mr. Menendez also questioned a State Department official about giving the former head of state “safe haven” in the U.S.

During a committee hearing titled “The Future of U.S.-Brazil Relations,” Mr. Menendez spoke of the similarities between the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol and what he called “its Brazilian sequel on January 8 [2023].” 

The attack in Brasília, he…

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