Rousseff Faces No Impeachment Risk, Brazil Attorney General SaysRaymond Colitt and Anna Edgerton
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff faces no risk of impeachment as opposition claims of wrongdoing lack legal foundation, the country’s attorney general said.
“There are no legal reasons for impeachment,” Luis Inacio Adams said in an interview in Brasilia on Tuesday. “Neither in the Petrobras case, nor on supposed fiscal maneuvers.”
Adams comments follow a request last week by opposition parties for prosecutors to investigate Rousseff for allegedly breaking laws governing public finance. While mass protests earlier this year calling for Rousseff’s impeachment have died down, the request showed that the opposition’s attempts to remove Rousseff from office haven’t disappeared.
The parties allege the Rousseff administration broke the fiscal-responsibility law by using credit from state banks in 2013, 2014 and possibly 2015 to meet its budget targets, according to documents e-mailed by the opposition’s Brazilian Social Democracy Party, or PSDB.
“Not only has this practice been going on for 14 years, it’s not illegal,” said Adams, who added that the government was a net creditor to state banks.
The Prosecutor General’s press office did not immediately reply to an e-mailed request for comment.
The head of the PSDB, Senator Aecio Neves, on April 15 said the party was considering impeachment proceedings against Rousseff. That was the same day police arrested the then-treasurer of her Workers’ Party in connection with a probe into illegal donations to parties from kickbacks on contracts from state oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA.
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