The opposition and part of the Judiciary are rooting for André Mendonça to give up his vacancy in the STF (Supreme Federal Court), given the difficulties to be approved by the Senate. But the former attorney general of the Union was emphatic in a statement to the column: “No chance,” he said.
Mendonça was nominated in July by the president Jair Bolsonaro for the STF, in the vacancy left by Minister Marco Aurélio Mello. Since then, the president has raised the tone of attacks on the court and ministers. The heavy atmosphere postponed Mendonça’s hearing in the CCJ (Committee on Constitution and Justice) of the Senate, a mandatory path to the seat in the Supreme Court.
Mendonça doesn’t want to give up. He was encouraged yesterday (15) by Bolsonaro – who, in a meeting at the Planalto Palace, he told his chosen one that there is no plan B for the STF. That is, he will not appoint another person in place of the former attorney general.
Also at the meeting were evangelical leaders, the segment that most supports the appointment of Mendonça. And a group of senators loyal to Bolsonaro – like Flavio Bolsonaro (Patriota-RJ), son of the president; Carlos Viana (PSD-MG) and Luis Carlos Heinze (PP-RS).
To colleagues, the president of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG), would have pledged to talk to the president of the CCJ, Davi Alcolumbre (DEM-AP), to try to convince him to schedule the hearing soon. But for now, there is no likely date.
The culmination of Bolsonaro’s attacks on the STF was on Sete de Setembro, when the president said he would not comply with Alexandre de Moraes’ orders. Then he produced a letter of retreat, saying he said it all “in the heat of the moment.” The letter is an attempt to calm the tempers and open the way for Mendonça to reach the court.