Dilma Rousseff

Brazil's Temer charged with obstruction of justice

Brazilian President Michel Temer was charged with obstruction of justice and leading a criminal organization on Thursday, the latest fallout from a wide-ranging corruption probe that has ensnared many of the elite in Latin America's largest nation.

In filings to the country's top court, Attorney General Rodrigo Janot accused Temer of paying hush funds to a former speaker of the lower Chamber of Deputies and to an operator of his political group. Janot also alleged that Temer led the criminal organization that operates in Brazil's Congress and the executive branch.

Temer has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.

As a sitting president, Temer will only be put on trial if...