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Brazil's president: No amnesty for illegal campaign gifts

  • Brazil's President Michel Temer speaks to the press about proposed anti-corruption legislation, flanked by Federal Senate President Renan Calheiros in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Many Brazilians are concerned the legislation to toughen prosecution of corruption might perversely offer amnesty to politicians who had previously engaged in the practice. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Brazil's President Michel Temer speaks to the press about proposed anti-corruption legislation, flanked by Federal Senate President Renan Calheiros in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Many Brazilians are concerned the legislation to toughen prosecution of corruption might perversely offer amnesty to politicians who had previously engaged in the practice. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brazil's President Michel Temer, center, speaks to the press about proposed anti-corruption legislation, flanked by Federal Senate President Renan Calheiros, left, and Chamber of Deputies President Rodrigo Maia, in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Many Brazilians are concerned the legislation to toughen prosecution of corruption might perversely offer amnesty to politicians who had previously engaged in the practice. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Brazil's President Michel Temer, center, speaks to the press about proposed anti-corruption legislation, flanked by Federal Senate President Renan Calheiros, left, and Chamber of Deputies President Rodrigo Maia, in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Many Brazilians are concerned the legislation to toughen prosecution of corruption might perversely offer amnesty to politicians who had previously engaged in the practice. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrators shout anti-government slogans as they demand the impeachment of Brazil's President Michel Temer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Protesters expressed outrage at a host of Temer's policies, including the government's proposal to cap spending to rein in the deficit. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Demonstrators shout anti-government slogans as they demand the impeachment of Brazil's President Michel Temer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Protesters expressed outrage at a host of Temer's policies, including the government's proposal to cap spending to rein in the deficit. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)  (The Associated Press)

Brazil's president says there will be no amnesty for politicians who have taken illegal campaign contributions as he tries to quell growing discontent with his government.

President Michel Temer was already deeply unpopular with many Brazilians and he is now facing a growing political crisis amid allegations of misuse of power by him and his administration.

With the leaders of both houses of Congress at his side, Temer told reporters Sunday that anti-corruption measures before Congress will not let off the hook politicians who have hidden or not declared campaign contributions. Many Brazilians are concerned the legislation to toughen prosecution of corruption might perversely offer amnesty to politicians who had previously engaged in the practice.

Opposition groups are planning protests later Sunday calling for Temer's ouster.