According to people familiar with the discussions, US and Brazilian senators are seeking ways to work together on an inquiry into the violent protests that tore through Brasilia this past weekend while sharing lessons learned from probes into the attack on the US Capital.
The initial meetings took place as more than 70 parliamentarians from the two nations issued a joint statement decrying “anti-democratic” groups who attempted to use political violence to scuttle recent elections in their countries.
In order to overturn the election victory of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in October, supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro ransacked the Brazilian Congress, Supreme Court, and presidential palace on Sunday.
One of the sources claims that Bennie Thompson’s office is in talks with other lawmakers about working together. Thompson served as the head of the recently disbanded House committee that looked into the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
“I am incredibly proud of the work and final report of the January 6 Select Committee. I will assist in any way I can if (it) serves as a template for inquiries of a similar nature, Thompson said in a written statement.