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Rousseff takes impeachment fight to Supreme Court

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>> Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, making a last-ditch effort Tuesday to stay in office, taking her battle all the way to the country's Supreme Court. The Attorney General, on her behalf, asking the court to stop impeachment proceedings against the embattled leader a day before the Senate is expected to send her to trial for breaking budget laws.
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The move comes hours after Brazil's House Speaker withdrew his own controversial order to stop the process. Reuter's Alonso Soto is in Brasilia covering the story.>> It seems very unlikely that the Supreme Court will get into this subject. Because the Supreme Court has tried to stay away from a direct intervention.
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] process. When the Speaker of the House tried to annul the process, that sparked an outcry, a lot of people criticize him for taking that position lightly, for throwing the country into constitutional crisis. And then quickly he had to backtrack. Even the members of his own party, they're thinking about expelling him from the party after his decision.
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>> Rousseff, who enjoyed record high approval ratings after her first year in office, has faced massive criticism as Brazil struggles through its worst economic recession since the 1930s. Her government has been plagued by charges of corruption. And just last week the country's top prosecutor requested permission to investigate Rousseff herself for her possible role in a kickback scandal at state-run oil giant Petrobras, where she once served as chairman.
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Rousseff has denied any wrongdoing in that case or involvement in any crime that would justify impeachment. If the senate does vote to send her to trial, she will be immediately suspended from the presidency for up to six months, with current VP Michel Temer taking over as interim president.