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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One of the recurring themes of Brazil’s impeachment controversy has been the oft-repeated claim by Dilma’s supporters that those who stand in line to succeed her—Vice President Temer, Chamber President Cunha and Senate President Renan, all holders of high governmental office—have also committed “high crimes and misdemeanors”.

One idiomatic expression of this argument in English is that Temer, Cunha and Renan are each a “pot calling the kettle black”, or, as succinctly defined by Wikipedia, “guilty of the very thing of which they accuse . . .

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