Brazil's president says corruption charge is 'fiction'

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Brazil's president dismissed corruption allegations against him as a "soap opera plot" on Tuesday and cast doubt on the motivations of the country's top prosecutor a day after he presented a scathing indictment.

The prosecutors "created a soap opera plot," Temer said in a brief statement to reporters and allies, his first comments since the charge sheet was presented. "I say without fear of being wrong that the accusation is fiction." He accused Janot of seeking "revenge, destruction and vengeance" with the indictment.

Even for Brazilians virtually inured to revelations of corruption among their politicians, the accusations against Temer were shocking; for one thing, the crimes the president is accused of happened just this year, three years into the country's largest ever corruption investigation.

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