Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff suffered another political setback on Wednesday as a Senate committee report recommended impeachment proceedings against her move ahead.
The report, drafted by the rapporteur of the Senate committee on impeachment, opposition legislator Antonio Anastasia, says there is enough evidence to try Rousseff on allegations she used illegal financing to manage the federal budget. He read the report word-for-word in Wednesday’s session.
“The criminal facts are duly described, with sufficient evidence of their authorship,” he wrote in the report.
The report doesn’t include allegations stemming from the sweeping Carwash investigation, where investigators are probing members of Brazil’s political elite for graft. The president hasn’t been accused of accepting bribes.
The 21 committee members will discuss the report on Thursday, and Attorney General Jose Eduardo Cardozo is scheduled to present his defense of the president, who says there are no legal grounds for her removal from office. The committee will vote Friday whether to accept the report.
Their recommendation will go to the full chamber, which is expected to decide May 11 whether to put Rousseff on trial. If a simple majority of the legislators vote against the president -- as is widely expected -- she must step down for as long as 180 days and stand trial in the Senate. The chamber then would need support from two-thirds of its 81 members to impeach Rousseff and terminate her mandate.