Brazil’s Attorney General Jose Cardozo said at a press conference on Friday that President Dilma Rousseff cannot be impeached “without due process” and that the lower house's April 17 vote to impeach her is of no legal consequence. Rousseff is accused of window dressing Brazil’s fiscal accounts to boost her successful 2014 reelection campaign, but unlike many of her accusers she is not alleged to have engaged in personally enriching corruption. At the press conference, Cardozo argued that the allegations against the Brazilian president need to be proven in court before the impeachment process can continue. “Congress’ lower house decision is null and void and so will be the next stage of the process in the senate,” Cardozo said.
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