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    Brazil's former President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha speaks during the presentation of his defense in the Chamber of Deputies, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016.

    Brazil Impeachment Mastermind Arrested for Corruption

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    Brazilian police have arrested the former legislator who led the controversial charge to impeach ex-President Dilma Rousseff on corruption charges.

    Eduardo Cunha, former speaker of the lower house of Brazil's Congress, was detained in the capital, Brasilia, on October 19. He is accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes to interfere in the workings of the Caixa Economica Federal, a state bank, and national oil company Petrobras, hiding the money in Swiss bank accounts.

    Cunha's arrest is only the most recent in a string of high-profile detentions resulting from the Operation Car Wash investigation into pervasive corruption in Petrobras. Sergio Moro, the federal judge at the head of the operation, signed Cunha's arrest warrant. 

    Cunha resigned in July, and said last month he would write a book exposing the machinations that led to Rousseff's ouster, Bloomberg reported. Brazilian media have called the disgraced politician a "walking time bomb" because of his potential to take former colleagues down with him. 

    Rousseff has consistently described the impeachment drive, by Cuhna and current President of Brazil Michel Temer, as a coup. Cuhna began calls for her impeachment on allegations that she used accounting tricks to obscure the country's budget deficit at the end of 2015; Temer, Rousseff’s running mate, pulled his Brazilian Democratic Movement Party out of Rousseff's coalition government a few months later. Rousseff maintains that her government's methods of calculating the budget – which involved transferring funds from state banks to cover social programs facing short-term deficits – were commonly used in previous administrations and the impeachment was an effort to move her Worker's Party out of power. 

    Among Brazilians it is speculated that Cuhna bribed fellow lawmakers to support his calls for impeachment. The Wall Street Journal reported in April that the Transparência Brasil nonprofit organization found that 60 percent of Brazil’s federal legislators have been convicted, or are under investigation, for crimes including corruption, electoral fraud and assault. 

    Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is under investigation through Operation Car Wash, as is President of the Senate Renan Calheiros and many former ministers, heads of political parties and other high-ranking officials.

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    operation car wash, bribe, corruption, impeachment, coup, Petrobras, Brazilian lower house, Sergio Moro, Eduardo Cuhna, Dilma Rousseff, Brasilia, Brazil
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    • mounir.assi
      He was used like a dog and now arrested, if he talks they will kill him.
      Hahahahha stupid man.
      Americans always used you and then tells you bye bye.
      Your life is very short when you are an American dog.
    • elsa.zardiniin reply tomounir.assi(Show commentHide comment)
      mounir.assi, LOL! Boy, that was good indeed in very few words! Excellent.
    • michael
      he's only a politician, no loss to government.
    • questfortruth
      Hey, how's all that money you took from Washington to help oust Rousseff working for ya now, slick? Maybe you can buy some security and a few cigarettes in that prison you're going to be in for a while. And you thought by being a lapdog for the CIA would be a good thing! Think again.
    • Jupiterin reply tomounir.assi(Show commentHide comment)
      mounir.assi, No evidence anymore after detaining and keeping in controlled area.
    • seanrkearney
      Hmmm wonder what comes next?........
    • redrooster
      Just another example of American CIA regime change,forcing a sovereign country into toeing their line.
    • Eudoxia
      Excellent news. The got rid of Dimna because she was anti US, now those dogs of war are under the pump by the rest of the world. Deurtre called Obonga a son of a whore LOL now this Brazillian piece of shit has been arrested, they should kill him in jail. Iceland are jailing their bankers that were found guilty of their part in the GFC and Russia is removing IS out of the ME and has told the US to basically take a flying F**&K it just keeps getting better and better - Hillary is all but finished and Soros is being exposed. The Rothschild's Swiss banking ghouls are under investigation as well. It look to me like the rest of the planet is turning on the NWO. About time somebody did but as Putin has already said, when a dog bites you you don't go after the dog you go after the owner of the dog.
    • Eudoxiain reply tomounir.assi(Show commentHide comment)
      mounir.assi, Brilliant comment well put! Couldn't have expressed it better myself. Piece of shit doesn't quite cut it.
    • AndreaD
      Why do these crackpot Muslims hate dogs so much? Ah yes, it's written in the Unholy Book. Maybe jealousy for not being as clean and smart?
      Cunha was way too corrupt, actually competing to be world no. 1, and part of the relatively independent judiciary got him also not to be seen as picking only on the PT.
      The fear for the coup government now, pepole in Brazil say, is that by cooperating with the authorities Cunha could bring down the whole government.
      But that doesn't mean Lula would be allowed to run in new snap elections.
    • silkwilliein reply tomounir.assi(Show commentHide comment)
      mounir.assi, Saddam Hussein rings a bell
    • silkwillie
      Expect this guy has connections to the U.S. g . Dirty deeds done dirt cheap , sold his soul to the great Satan and he's going to reap what they have sown , that's what happens when you make deals with the devil
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