14 April 2016
Over 60% of Brazilians do not believe
that President Dilma
should be subject to impeachment proceedings,
cadre of corrupt far right politicians
continue to push for her ouster.
On Monday, a 65-member congressional committee in Brazil voted to
advance impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff, in
relation to the "carwash" corruption investigation.
Although President Rousseff is not
herself implicated in illegal or corrupt activity, the impeachment
is proceeding on the grounds of "a crime of responsibility,"
suggesting that she should have taken action to prevent corruption.
The congressional committee voted 38 to 27 in favor of impeachment,
advancing the proceedings to a full vote of the lower house.
If the lower house votes for impeachment
by a two-thirds majority, the matter moves to a Senate vote to
determine whether to advance a trial, with a simple majority
If the Senate votes for an impeachment trial, Rousseff will be
relieved of her duties for 180 days, pending trial. If the Senate,
following the trial, returns a two-thirds vote for impeachment,
President Rousseff would be permanently removed from office.
The investigation was sparked by information compiled
surveillance of President Rousseff, members of the Brazilian
government, and the major Brazilian oil company Petrobras.
Within Brazil, and internationally, it
has been questioned whether the proceedings are legitimate, or part
of a concerted strategy by
the United States to conduct a political
Loud & Clear's Brian Becker sat down with Brazilian political
analyst Pepe Escobar to discuss the cause of the impeachment
proceedings, and what to expect next: