During a TV interview watched by millions on Monday, the man who ruled Brazil from Aug. 2016 to Dec. 2019 stated that he never supported the "coup" which led to the impeachment of Rousseff, a leftist economist who held the Presidency from 2011 until her removal.
"I never supported or committed to the coup," Temer confessed and added that he tried to prevent the political trial against Dilma.
Brazil's Congress opened a political trial against Dilma Rousseff in 2016 due to alleged irregular management of public accounts. After her departure from the Presidency, she was replaced by her vice president, Michel Temer.
On Monday's interview, the 78-year-old politician tried to defend himself against accusations according to which he would have participated in the "organization" of several actions which led to Rousseff's dismissal.
"I couldn't organize a coup because the government had gotten very bad," Temer said.
"Michel Temer committed a new act of sincerity... He admitted that I suffered a coup d'etat and said that the political trial would not have happened if Lula had participated in my government."
He became vice-president after participating in the 2011 elections, a political process which the Workers' Party won comfortably.
After the coup against Dilma, he distanced himself from the Brazilian left, which since then has denounced him as being part of the coup plot.
Once he came to the Presidency, Temer became the center of a corruption scandal. However, Brazilian justice, which was already controlled by the far-right, did not prosecute him, arguing that the alleged criminal acts were committed before reaching office.