Temer’s coalition allies are divided on whether it is best to dump the damaged president quickly or to keep him for the sake of an economic recovery.
Executives from meat packer JBS said in plea-bargain testimony to police that they paid the president nearly $5 million in bribes in recent years.
President Temer said his government did not yet have the 308 votes in Congress that it needs to push through its flagship welfare reform.
The presidential palace in its short written statement gave no reason for the appointment of Torquato Jardim as the new justice minister.
The release of the plea-bargain testimony by Brazil’s top court raises serious doubts about whether Michel Temer can maintain his grip on the presidency.