The lawyer of lieutenant colonel Mauro Cid, who was former president Jair Bolsonaro’s (PL) aide, Cezar Bittencourt, said this Tuesday (13) that the supposed “coup d’état” revealed by his plea bargain did not progress due to lack of support from the Army. It was the military’s collaboration that triggered the Federal Police operation launched last week against Bolsonaro and his allies, including former ministers and advisors.
“There was just no coup for one reason: the Army didn’t agree, simple as that. Because the Army knows who the undisciplined captain was who formed a plot against the Army itself, it thinks they would embark on this scam”, asked Bittencourt in an interview with BandNews TV.
According to Cezar Bittencourt, the barracks do not trust Bolsonaro and say that he and Cid are “willing to collaborate with the Army, but we cannot invent”, he said, adding that the lieutenant colonel will not omit information about what was happening in the cabinet presidential.
“We have an excellent relationship with the police authorities, but we cannot ignore, if you ask, answer. It’s a matter of speculation, of media, in fact Brazil loved seeing the conference. Then the entire plot was laid bare, it became clear that he wanted support from the Armed Forces,” he said, citing Bolsonaro’s meeting with ministers.
Bittencourt also stated that Mauro Cid was “harmed” when he was chosen to work with Bolsonaro in assisting with orders from the Presidency. According to him, Mauro Cid “was commander of the Goiânia battalion, it was the natural path of his career, he was harmed when the generals sent him to advise the president. He wouldn’t say it? Then his boss becomes the president, the president gives the coordinates and he will do it”, he highlighted.
The operation that targeted Jair Bolsonaro, called Tempus Veritatis, resulted in the execution of 33 search and seizure warrants, four preventive arrest warrants and 48 alternative measures against the former president and his supporters.
The warrants were authorized by minister Alexandre de Moraes, of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), who mentioned an alleged decree involving the arrest of him, minister Gilmar Mendes and the president of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (PSD-MG), in addition to the summons of new elections.
According to the investigation, which was based on part of Cid’s plea bargain, the suspects had worked to invalidate the result of the 2022 elections, which resulted in the victory of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT), even before the election took place. .
The police maintain that Bolsonaro’s nucleus acted to discredit the polls and encourage extremist acts, and later tried to convince the Armed Forces to intervene to prevent the transition of power after Lula’s victory was confirmed.