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Senate Report Clears Rousseff of Budget Manipulation


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Apr 13, 2011
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Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff[FONT=&quot] got a boost in her fight against impeachment on Monday as a report prepared by analysts in the Senate found that there is no evidence to suggest she was personally responsible for fiscal wrongdoing. It remains unclear, however, how the findings will impact the impeachment process that has hinged on such allegations.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The 223-page report by three auditors found Rousseff did not cook the books in the lead up to her 2014 presidential reelection, dealing a blow to accusations from her rivals that she manipulated government accounts to hide a budget shortfall and delayed payments to public banks.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The budget charges have been the key justification behind the impeachment process against Rousseff, painted as a bid to tackle government corruption despite rampant and massive fraud among high-level opposition figures and the ranks of the installed government.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Leaked wiretaps revealing opposition plots to shield their allies from corruption investigations through Rousseff's ouster, and new evidence directly linkingimposed "interim" president Michel Temer to the Petrobras state oil bribery scandal for the first time, have effectively debunked claims that impeachment was about rooting out corruption.

[FONT=&quot]The report, however, did find that Rousseff participated directly in signing three budget decrees, another charge she faces in the impeachment process. The experts said it would be up to the Senate to decide if the decrees amount to negligence or other serious wrongdoing.[/FONT]

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Many of the charges that lead to her being overthrown have found to be baseless. One remains. However, the most serious of charges are to be found baseless, and those replacing Rousseff are the ones actually partaking in such actions she was found innocent of....

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