By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The first day of the impeachment trial of suspended Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, lasted more than fifteen hours with many tense moments between senators pro and against the suspended leader. Rousseff’s defense attorney, former Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo was one of the emphatic speakers in a room full of emotion and confrontation.

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José Eduardo Cardozo, speaking as lawyer for the defense of suspended president Dilma Rousseff, photo by Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/Agência Brasil.

“The first day is always tense, turbulent, with both sides getting into conflicts due to differing points of view,” Senate President, Renan Calheiros, told journalists almost at the end of the session.

Calheiros said that this ‘confrontation’ and back-and-forth shouting matches between the two sides is counterproductive. “It merely turns the session into a political confrontation which will not help the process. It (trial process) needs more objectivity, both of those asking the questions as well as those respond in. The senators will have an entire day to debate; each will have ten minutes to speak (at the tribune),” added the senator.

During the first day of the trial, presided by Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski, an auditor for the Federal Accounts Court and a Federal Courts’ prosecutor spoke against Rousseff, both stating that the first woman president of Brazil had infringed the Fiscal Responsibility Law by borrowing a significant volume of resources from public banks and not including the ‘loans’ in the government’s accounting records.

The original schedule also included two witnesses for the defense, but due to the volume of questions asked by Senators to the two accusation witnesses and the temporary suspension of the session because of shouting matches between the senators, defense witnesses will only give their statements on Friday.

The defense announced it plans to call five witnesses, including former Finance Minister, Nelson Barbosa, to the stand. On Monday, Rousseff herself is expected to address the Senate to justify her actions. According to officials, the trial should end next week, with a vote by the Senate plenary on whether or not to remove Rousseff permanently from office.


  1. Evidence is Evidence, a Crime is a Crime, a Crime against your Country is a Treason and Impunity keeps the country dirty. Any doubt? Let us make a New Brasil that Works for everyone, Enough is Enough, Brasil Has Been like this since it’s discovery 516 years Ago. Ask God for Help. Rbt.

  2. As a US Citizen with Resident status in Brazil, I am deeply concerned of the impact that the impeachment trial may have my extended family and friends

  3. The comments by Roberto speak loudly and clearly regarding the political situation in Brazil.

    What is most important in all this process, is that justice is done. It has nothing to do with the fact that it is Dilma Rousseff who is being accused of crimes against the Brazilian constitution or if Lula is maneuvering behind the scenes to circumvent Brazil’s legal system in anticipation of another run for the Presidency.

    If people are upset over the impeachment proceedings against the sitting President and accusations against the previous President, look no further than to those who created the circumstances from which an impeachment process had to be initiated, Dilma Rousseff and Luis Inacio Lula.

    The shame, disrespect and dirt that both of these traitorous people have brought upon Brazil must be removed, and expunged before true healing can take place. Like all cancerous diseases that infect a healthy body every last part of the infection must be excised.

    The natural born citizens of Brazil as well as those like Steve who enjoys Resident Status deserve no less. The rest of the world is watching!


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