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Brazil's prosecutor asks Justices to strip Lower House speaker of his seat

Thursday, December 17th 2015 - 08:02 UTC
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Attorney General Rodrigo Janot presented the Supreme Court a written request with “11 facts that prove Cunha uses his mandate” to delay investigations Attorney General Rodrigo Janot presented the Supreme Court a written request with “11 facts that prove Cunha uses his mandate” to delay investigations
Cunha uses his mandate for the “sole purpose of self-protection through spurious actions so he could avoid investigation of his conduct” Cunha uses his mandate for the “sole purpose of self-protection through spurious actions so he could avoid investigation of his conduct”
Cunha has denied any wrongdoing and says the millions found in undeclared Swiss bank accounts and linked to him was income from legitimate business Cunha has denied any wrongdoing and says the millions found in undeclared Swiss bank accounts and linked to him was income from legitimate business
Cunha told reporters in Brasilia that Janot was putting up a “smoke screen” in an effort to take the focus off the impeachment proceedings against Rousseff. Cunha told reporters in Brasilia that Janot was putting up a “smoke screen” in an effort to take the focus off the impeachment proceedings against Rousseff.

Brazil's attorney general went to the Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking to strip the leader of the House of Deputies of his seat. House Speaker Eduardo Cunha is the nemesis of embattled and unpopular President Dilma Rousseff — and earlier this month opened the door to begin impeachment proceedings against her.

 Cunha faces federal charges of accepting at least $5 million in bribes in connection to a widespread kickback scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras. After denying several times before his peers, he finally admitted having Swiss bank accounts.

Attorney General Rodrigo Janot told the high court in his written request that Cunha has used his speakership for the “sole purpose of self-protection through spurious actions so he could avoid investigation of his conduct.”

Cunha has denied any wrongdoing. He says the millions found in undeclared Swiss bank accounts and linked to him by investigators was income from legitimate business practices.

On Wednesday, Cunha told reporters in Brasilia that Janot was putting up a “smoke screen” in an effort to take the focus off the impeachment proceedings against Rousseff.

In a statement posted on its website, the attorney general's office said Janot's request to the Supreme Court includes “11 facts that prove that Eduardo Cunha uses his mandate” to “coerce and intimidate lawmakers, those who have turned state's evidence, lawyers and public officials, with the object of hindering and delaying investigations against him.”

On Tuesday, federal police searched Cunha's residences in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro as part of the investigation into the corruption charges he faces.

Pro-Rousseff rallies were held in about two dozen cities across Brazil on Wednesday, with her supporters calling for an end to the impeachment proceedings. There was no estimate on how many people turned out for the demonstrations, but they appeared modest in size.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

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  • Skip

    Kick Cunha out. He's obviously corrupt.

    Then Congress should get down to the business of impeaching Dilma. How anyone could be so ignorant of all the corruption and dishonesty that goes on around her...... for years.

    Dec 17th, 2015 - 08:50 am 0
  • Conqueror

    @1. No. Rousseff first. If Cunha is corrupt, he's small change compared to Lula and Rousseff.

    Dec 17th, 2015 - 12:18 pm 0
  • ChrisR

    From an atheist:
    “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” (or it will be bounced off your head)!

    You couldn't put a fag paper between any of them.

    Dec 17th, 2015 - 06:52 pm 0
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