The corruption crisis in Brazil is proving to be every bit as messy as it looked. We now have a pretty good indication that the interim president and cabinet are all conspiring to shut down one of the national corruption investigations and sabotage the supreme court. In a situation where the interim president himself faces impeachment within months, it doesn’t seem likely that they have the political clout to do that. Indeed, there are already demonstrations against the interim president’s history of corruption and the latest revelations may serve to hasten his impeachment. The sequence of events suggests that senior politicians don’t appreciate the gravity of the web of commercial crime that has taken over most of the government and the political establishment in Brazil.