Brazil President, Michel Temer, late on Wednesday denied a report that he endorsed bribing a now jailed former congressman to keep him quiet.

This strong allegation could have a widespread impact on a nation currently swamped by several corruption scandals and a populace furious about it.

The allegation which was made in Globo newspaper report represented a potentially significant blow for President Temer, whose administration has lurched from one crisis to another since he took office just over a year ago.

In a statement, the president’s office said Mr Temer never solicited payments to keep Eduardo Cunha, the former speaker of the house, silent.

“He did not participate or authorize any attempt to keep Cunha from reaching a plea bargain with Justice (officials),” the statement said.

Cunha led the impeachment fight that removed Dilma Rousseff from the presidency last year and put Temer, then the vice president, into power.

Cunha was later imprisoned on a 15-year sentence for corruption.