MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Friday that a video showing one of his younger brothers receiving money from a political operator was part of an ongoing campaign by his opponents to discredit him .
In the video, published by Mexican media outlet Latinus, a man hands Martín Jesus López Obrador an envelope filled with a large stack of banknotes, which one narrator said totaled 150,000 pesos ($ 7,500) and were part of a set of recurring payments.
“I think the intention is to hurt me, or to try to hurt me,” the president said at a press conference.
“This is the eternal black campaign of my opponents. We are used to this. But we have always come out of slander unscathed.
He said he would not cover anyone and authorities should investigate whether a crime had been committed and punish any wrongdoing.
“But my conscience is clear,” added López Obrador, who has built his reputation as a tireless scourge of corruption.
The man filmed giving the money to his brother was David León, whom López Obrador appointed as head of Mexico’s civil protection agency when he assumed the presidency in December 2018.
León resigned from the government last August after a separate video leaked showing he was handing money in 2015 to another brother of López Obrador’s. On this occasion, the president described the money as contributions from supporters.
León said on Twitter that the money in the new video was a loan he made from his personal savings.
According to Latinus, the last video was shot in 2015, just before the elections in which López Obrador’s newly registered political party, the left-wing National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), was competing for the first time.
López Obrador told the press conference that the money was not for him or for a political campaign, and that he understood that it was a personal matter between the two men.
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