Brazil’s Rouss­eff : Im­peach­ment aimed at cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion

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RIO DE JANEIRO— Sus­pended Pres­i­dent Dilma Rouss­eff said in an in­ter­view pub­lished on Sun­day that leaked au­dio record­ings of men back­ing her im­peach­ment show the ef­fort to oust her is meant to stop a wide- rang­ing cor­rup­tion probe that has im­pli­cated nu­mer­ous lead­ing Brazi l ian politi­cians and busi­ness­men.

Rouss­eff told the news­pa­per Folha de S. Paulo the rev­e­la­tion of the record­ings gives her hope of re­turn­ing to of­fice. She was sus­pended early this month pend­ing a Se­nate im­peach­ment trial. Her now­es­tranged vice pres­i­dent, Michel Te­mer, is serv­ing as in­terim leader.

Record­ings of three politi­cians of Te­mer’s Brazil­ian Demo­cratic Move­ment Party ap­pear to link her ouster to at­tempts to limit the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Those in­volved dis­pute that in­ter­pre­ta­tion, and there is no ev­i­dence, so far, that they have stalled the probe.

“The di­a­logues show that the real cause for my im­peach­ment was an at­tempt to ob­struct the ‘Car Wash’ op­er­a­tion,” Rouss­eff said, re­fer­ring to the name of the cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion at staterun oil giant Petro­bras. “It was all made by those who thought that, with­out chang­ing the gov­ern­ment, the bleed­ing [of politi­cians] would con­tinue.”

She said an­other of the con­ver­sa­tions noted that she had al­lowed the in­ves­ti­ga­tions to go for­ward. “These con­ver­sa­tions prove what we have con­sis­tently said: We never in­ter­fered. And those that wanted my im­peach­ment had that ob­jec­tive. It is not me say­ing, it is them.”

The record­ings forced new Planning Min­is­ter Romero Juca to take a leave of ab­sence.

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