Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he was unwilling to see his family get "screwed" because of his inability to change law enforcement officials, according to an expletive-laden video released on Friday set to deepen the political crisis surrounding him.
Coming at the end of a challenging week in Brazil, which is now the world's No. 2 hot spot for coronavirus cases behind the United States, the video prompted Bolsonaro's fans and detractors to hurl abuse at each other from their apartment windows in cities across the country.
The political scandal centers on an accusation by former Justice Minister Sergio Moro, a popular anti-graft crusader, that Bolsonaro leaned on him to change senior federal police officials amid investigations into members of the president's political clan.
Moro's accusations have led to a federal criminal probe.
In the recording of an April 22 ministerial meeting, which was released by a Supreme Court justice on Friday, Bolsonaro said in coarse language that it was his prerogative to change security officials, their bosses or even ministers.
"I've tried to change our security people in Rio de Janeiro officially, and I wasn't able to. That's over. I won't wait for my family or my friends to get screwed," Bolsonaro said.
"If you can't change (the official), change his boss. You can't change the boss? Change the minister. End of story. We're not kidding around," he added.