Haste threatens to leave its mark on the political trial process initiated in the Federal Senate against Brazil’s constitutional president Dilma Rousseff, with case rapporteur Antonio Anastasia intent on wrapping everything up within 90 days.
Anastasia, from the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) and staunchly opposed to the governing Workers Party, has come up with a plan to commence on June 1 with the presentation of Rousseff’s preliminary defense and to press on at full speed to the finishing line -- a vote by a full senate sitting – on August 1 or 2.
The leader elected by 54.5 million votes was removed from office on May 12 last for a period established by the constitution of up to 180 days, during which time she will be subjected to a political trial for the alleged crime of responsibility, a charge she robustly denies.
Furthermore the rapporteur of the Process Committee, made up of the same 21 members who, with a broad majority, submitted the impeachment petition, is endeavoring to rush the trial through and to have it ready and voted on by no later than July 27, so that it can be voted on by a plenary session of the Senate within four or five days of that date.
The president of the Senate Chamber, Renán Calheiros, has even announced that the National Congress will not go into recess in July, in order to speed up proceedings.
In a similar vein, the president of the Process Committee, Ricardo Lira, has said that the full 180 days will not be required given that “that might prove to be a bit too dramatic for the expectations of the Brazilian people”.
Nevertheless, Supreme Court president Ricardo Lewandowski, who directs and supervises this stage of the impeachment process has denied that any predictions about when it might culminate cannot be made.
He said that allowing, for the resources that the defense might impose, evidence they might seek access to and testimonies to be heard by both sides it would, be impossible to make any predictions .
Either way, the firing machinery has been started up in a manner that would seem to not greatly favor the provisional administration led by interim leader Michel Temer.
Temer -- described as a conspirator and a traitor by Dilma on various occasions – was until recently the Republic’s vice president and was one of the principal instigators of the impeachment.
He has appointed a much criticized and exclusive government without people of color or women but includes at least seven members under investigation for a range of charges and by the Lava Jato anticorruption operation.
Less than two weeks after it began to work, the new executive suffered its first casualty. Romero Jucá, the head of Planning, was forced to quit office after some comprising tape recordings were leaked.
In a conversation with a former director of Petrobas, Jucá alluded to alleged efforts to use the impeachment process against Dilma Rousseff as a means to obstruct the Lava Jato operation, something which analyst Paulo Moreira Leite thinks is bound to quickly result in the collapse of an alliance based on outright opportunism and total recklessness.Share on FB Share on TT