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Brazilian minister quits in case that implicates president

  • Brazil's President Michel Temer leads a meeting with state governors at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. Governors are asking for economic help from the federal government as the country suffers its worst recession in decades. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Brazil's President Michel Temer leads a meeting with state governors at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. Governors are asking for economic help from the federal government as the country suffers its worst recession in decades. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Nov. 22, 2016 photo, legislative affairs minister, Geddel Vieira Lima, meets with lawmakers at the presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Lima resigned on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 amid allegations that he enlisted Brazilian President Michel Temer's help to pressure a fellow Cabinet member to approve a luxury apartment development project in a preservation zone. Lima had bought a unit in the planned development. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    In this Nov. 22, 2016 photo, legislative affairs minister, Geddel Vieira Lima, meets with lawmakers at the presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Lima resigned on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 amid allegations that he enlisted Brazilian President Michel Temer's help to pressure a fellow Cabinet member to approve a luxury apartment development project in a preservation zone. Lima had bought a unit in the planned development. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Nov. 22, 2016 photo, legislative affairs minister, Geddel Vieira Lima, meets with lawmakers at the presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Lima resigned on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 amid allegations that he enlisted Brazilian President Michel Temer's help to pressure a fellow Cabinet member to approve a luxury apartment development project in a preservation zone. Lima had bought a unit in the planned development. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    In this Nov. 22, 2016 photo, legislative affairs minister, Geddel Vieira Lima, meets with lawmakers at the presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Lima resigned on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 amid allegations that he enlisted Brazilian President Michel Temer's help to pressure a fellow Cabinet member to approve a luxury apartment development project in a preservation zone. Lima had bought a unit in the planned development. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

A Brazilian minister has resigned as part of a growing scandal that implicates President Michel Temer.

Former Culture Minister Marcelo Calero has told federal police that Temer's legislative affairs minister Geddel Vieira Lima pressured him to allow construction of a luxury building in a historic preservation area in the city of Salvador. Lima had bought a unit in the planned development.

Calero says Temer himself suggested that he use a method to avoid the normal overnight process for such a building.

Temer's spokesman said Thursday night that the president simply intervened to arbitrate a dispute between cabinet members.

In his resignation letter, Lima says the accusations of wrongdoing are merely "interpretations." He says he's stepping down because his family was suffering.