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One of the founders of The Intercept Brazil headquarters and now a federal deputy, David Miranda (PSOL-RJ) argues that a possible Commission of Inquiry to investigate Operation Lava Jato should not be generalized, but limited to Minister Sergio Moro and Lava Jato coordinator Deltan Dallagnol.

The two are the main targets of a series of reports published on the site on Sunday night (9), which reveal an exchange of messages between the then federal judge and Dallagnol. According to the report, Moro would have guided the investigations of Lava Jato, which jurists consider illegal.

With a degree in journalism, Miranda was one of those responsible for the creation of Intercept in 2014 along with her husband, British journalist Glenn Greenwald, and later the Brazilian version of the portal in 2016. Since then, she says, she has taken a different direction and is no longer involved with the publication. She assumed her first term in the Rio City Hall in 2017, and moved to the capital earlier this year to replace then-deputy Jean Willys, who left the country because of threats he received.

“I am a parliamentarian and my work is doing here, the journalistic work is my husband’s and they are using our relationship as a smokescreen to deflect the spotlight,” she says. “I only went to read the actual reports yesterday on the plane that came to Brasilia, the Glenn even tends to get angry with me.

To UOL, Miranda says she is contributing to the drafting of the request to open a CPI (Parliamentary Investigation Commission) to investigate the case. The deputies and senators have been working since Sunday night to present the request, but until today the writing was not finished.

“They are very serious things, a judge who communicates in this way with prosecutors, giving the way to all situations, is absurd, unethical and corrupt,” he said of the information revealed. Miranda defends that the possible CPI should keep, however, Minister Sergio Moro and Prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol.

“I have my reservations [about the ICC], I don’t want him to take the Lava Jato completely. The editorial office has to be closed in Moro and Dallagnol. I am from Rio de Janeiro. We have [Sergio] Cabral imprisoned, several corrupt politicians imprisoned. “Do you want to release [Eduardo] Cunha? Lava Jato fulfilled her role, but the ends cannot justify the means,” he defends.

Threats to the congressman increased

There were several attempts to contact Miranda on Tuesday (11) by telephone, while the congressman waited, from the Plenary of the House, for the call of the team of reporters.

“They must have cloned my chip or something,” he said while answering the phone, worried about the aggressive reactions since the reports were published.

The current federal congressman, a victim of racist and homophobic attacks when he was a councilman in Rio de Janeiro (he claims to have “a lot of stomach” after the experience), has seen how threats against his family have increased in recent days.

Since Sunday, he and her husband have been receiving open attacks through social networks, as well as anonymous e-mail threats, the content of which the deputy prefers not to share, to preserve his family. According to Miranda, all the material was handed over to the Federal Police.

Only now do I know what Jean [Willys] was going through here.

David Miranda, deputy (PSOL-RJ), on the threats he has received since Sunday

Miranda was Jean’s understudy and assumed the post in the House after the correligionario left the country, also claiming to be a constant target of attacks and death threats.

“In the beginning it was quite difficult [to assume the post], in the way it was done, Jean having to leave the country, having to go into exile. It was a drastic change, overnight I had to stay away from my children, my puppies, my husband, it was complicated, “he recalls.

The criminalization of homophobia and “Maria da Penha LGBT”.

In Congress, Miranda replaced the party colleague in the defense of LGBT rights. In addition to supporting the approval of the criminalization of homophobia, currently under debate in the STF (Federal Supreme Court) and in the CCJ (Constitution and Justice Commission) of the Senate, he presented a Bill that he called “Maria da Penha LGBT”. The proposal, he says, was built with third sector organizations and advances in the mere typification of crime to encompass public educational and preventive policies.

It also assumed the responsibility of reinforcing in the house the demand for a solution to the murder of Marielle Franco, a councilman murdered in 2018. It maintains dialogues with the OAS (Organization of American States) to internationalize the investigations of the case.

In May, he was chosen by Time magazine as one of the leaders of the next generation, being the first Brazilian politician to appear on the list, made annually by the American publication.

Despite the worsening threats, he does not consider resigning for now. “If I don’t stay and talk now, who will?”

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