Brazilian police raid home of speaker Cunha and other senior politicians

Jonathan Watts – The Guardian, 12/15/2015

Brazil’s impeachment duel has tilted back in favour of President Dilma Rousseff after her most strident opponent suffered twin blows from the police and a congressional ethics committee.

Two weeks after the lower house speaker, Eduardo Cunha, launched proceedings to remove the head of state from office, his home was raided by detectives as part of the Lava Jato (Car Wash) investigation into alleged corruption at Petrobras and other major companies.

Hours later the lower house ethics committee announced it would investigate claims that the once-untouchable politician lied about Swiss bank accounts. If proven this could result in his removal from office.

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