Hillary Said Brazil’s Impeached President Set ‘Global Standard’ For Fighting Corruption


Christian Datoc Senior White House Correspondent
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On Sunday, Brazil’s lower congressional house voted to impeach President Dilma Rouseff, a woman whom Hillary Clinton previously claimed set the “global standard” for fighting political corruption.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, Clinton praised Rouseff ahead of the Open Government Partnership’s first meeting back in 2012.

“I want to commend and thank Brazil, in particular President Rousseff, for the leadership that they have given to this initiative,” the former secretary of state said in a speech at the meeting. “There is no better partner to have started this effort and to be leading it than Brazil, and in particular, President Rousseff. Her commitment to openness, transparency, her fight against corruption is setting a global standard.”

The recently released Panama Papers detail Rousseff’s involvement in a scheme that used upwards of $26 billion in state funds to hide economic problems and pad her own re-election campaigns in 2010 and 2014.

During Sunday’s vote, Brazil’s lower house elected to impeach Rousseff, 367-137. (RELATED: Brazilian President Could Get Canned By Congress)

If the Senate also moves to impeach, Rousseff “will have to step down for 180 days to defend herself in an impeachment trial,” CNN reports.

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