By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The first witnesses for the prosecution took the stand on Wednesday (June 8th) in the impeachment trial of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. The witnesses, speaking before Brazilian senators, stated that the Executive branch knew that what it was doing was illegal.

The first witness to speak was a prosecutor from the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU), Julio Marcelo de Oliveira, who testified that the government was aware that it was committing a crime.

"It should be noted that the Treasury officials within the Ministry of Finance, warned [the Executive] of . . .

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