Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is facing renewed pressure to step down after the country’s El Mundo newspaper reported on Monday that he had sent supportive text messages to his party’s disgraced ex-treasurer for two months after the eruption of a corruption scandal.
Luis Bárcenas, the former treasurer of Rajoy’s Popular Party(PP), is in custody facing trial for corruption and tax fraud, which he denies. Rajoy similarly denies any involvement and says the party never received illegal payments from a slush fund run by Bárcenas.
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