Brazil’s federal police are searching the homes of the speaker of the nation’s lower house of congress in connection to corruption charges he faces.
Police entered the official residence of Deputy Eduardo Cunha in the capital Brasilia early Tuesday and also searched residences he owns in Rio de Janeiro.
Cunha is at the center of a political storm in Brazil. He’s the authority who allowed impeachment proceedings to open in congress against President Dilma Rousseff.
Rousseff has seen her popularity ratings drop this year, as the country has been rocked by the largest corruption scandal seen to date in Brazil: Operation Carwash.
Cunha has already been charged by federal prosecutors for alleging receiving at least $5 million in bribes in connection with the scandal involving state-run oil company Petrobras.
Cunha says he’s innocent — and that the millions investigators found in Swiss bank accounts was obtained through legit business dealings.