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Recording raises questions about Brazil transparency chief

  • Ministerial staff use brooms to scrub the office door of the Transparency Minister Fabiano Silveira demanding his resignation, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, May 30, 2016. A recording TV Globo broadcast late Sunday shows Silveira criticizing Operation Car Wash, a wide-ranging corruption probe of the state oil company Petrobras that has implicated numerous leading Brazilian politicians and businessmen. Protesters in Brazil use brooms as a representation to sweep away corruption. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Ministerial staff use brooms to scrub the office door of the Transparency Minister Fabiano Silveira demanding his resignation, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, May 30, 2016. A recording TV Globo broadcast late Sunday shows Silveira criticizing Operation Car Wash, a wide-ranging corruption probe of the state oil company Petrobras that has implicated numerous leading Brazilian politicians and businessmen. Protesters in Brazil use brooms as a representation to sweep away corruption. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ministerial staffers take part in a protest demanding the resignation of the newly-appointed Transparency Minister Fabiano Silveira, pictured in the center of the poster along with Senate President Renan Calheiros, left, with a message that reads in Portuguese; "Ministry of Illegal Lobbying: Despicable Renan, Big Chief; Dirty Fabiano, Follows Orders; Trickster Narcio Tranquiera, Delinquent  - WANTED!", at the ministry's headquarters, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, May 30, 2016. A recording TV Globo broadcast late Sunday shows Silveira criticizing Operation Car Wash, a wide-ranging corruption probe of the state oil company Petrobras that has implicated numerous leading Brazilian politicians and businessmen.  (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Ministerial staffers take part in a protest demanding the resignation of the newly-appointed Transparency Minister Fabiano Silveira, pictured in the center of the poster along with Senate President Renan Calheiros, left, with a message that reads in Portuguese; "Ministry of Illegal Lobbying: Despicable Renan, Big Chief; Dirty Fabiano, Follows Orders; Trickster Narcio Tranquiera, Delinquent - WANTED!", at the ministry's headquarters, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, May 30, 2016. A recording TV Globo broadcast late Sunday shows Silveira criticizing Operation Car Wash, a wide-ranging corruption probe of the state oil company Petrobras that has implicated numerous leading Brazilian politicians and businessmen. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 13, 2016, file photo, suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks during a press conference with the international press corps, at the presidential residence Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Rousseff was quoted in an interview published on Sunday, May 29, 2016, that her impeachment is aimed at stopping the current corruption investigation against several politicians and businessmen. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

    FILE - In this May 13, 2016, file photo, suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks during a press conference with the international press corps, at the presidential residence Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Rousseff was quoted in an interview published on Sunday, May 29, 2016, that her impeachment is aimed at stopping the current corruption investigation against several politicians and businessmen. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)  (The Associated Press)

Leaked recordings of conversations are causing yet more headaches for Brazil's acting President Michel Temer.

TV Globo has broadcast a recording in which Temer's new anti-corruption chief is heard giving legal advice to a powerful politician under investigation in a sprawling kickback probe involving the state oil company Petrobras.

It also shows Transparency Minister Fabiano Silveira criticizing the investigation itself, which has implicated some of Brazil's most prominent politicians and businessmen.

The conversation broadcast late Sunday occurred months before the Senate voted to impeach and suspend leftist President Dilma Rousseff, putting the government in Temer's hands.

Rousseff argues that her foes are trying to block the Petrobras probe and ousted her because she had allowed it to go forward.

Another leaked tape earlier forced the leave of Temer's planning minister.