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Brazilian prosecutors threaten to quit corruption probe

Protesters shield themselves as police fire tear gas at their demonstration outside Congress, where senators planned to vote on a spending cap bill and the lower Chamber of Deputies was considering controversial anti-corruption legislation, in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Brazil, home to Latin America’s largest economy, is suffering its worst recession in decades. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Protesters shield themselves as police fire tear gas at their demonstration outside Congress, where senators planned to vote on a spending cap bill and the lower Chamber of Deputies was considering controversial anti-corruption legislation, in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Brazil, home to Latin America’s largest economy, is suffering its worst recession in decades. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

SAO PAULO — Brazilian prosecutors are threatening to quit their investigation into a corruption-kickback scheme at state oil company Petrobras if legislation that would allow judges and prosecutors to be charged with abuse of authority is signed by President Michel Temer.

Early Wednesday morning, the lower house Chamber of Deputies approved a measure that would permit defendants to sue authorities for alleged offences against the " honour and dignity" of their offices.

Prosecutors of the so-called "Operation Car Wash" investigation said at a news conference that the bill is an intimidation bid by lawmakers, many of whom are under investigation.

Prosecutor Carlos dos Santos says, "We will resign collectively if this bill is approved by the president."

On Tuesday, police clashed with demonstrators protesting pending legislation related to corruption and the financial crisis.