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Rousseff Boosts Defense as Lawmakers Haggle Over Impeachment

  • Lower house votes Tues. on members of impeachment committee
  • Rousseff wants to cut short congressional recess to end crisis
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

Photographer: Evaristo Sa/AFP via Getty Images
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Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff on Monday stepped up efforts to protect her mandate as legislators got ready to choose members of a committee that will recommend whether to impeach her.

The full lower house of Congress is scheduled to decide Tuesday whether to accept the 65 members of the committee who are nominated by party leaders. The vote originally was slated for Monday evening. The committee will hear Rousseff’s defense and make a recommendation whether the full house should back accusations against her and allow the Senate to try her on charges she broke Brazil’s fiscal law. She denies wrongdoing.