Brazil's Lula sworn in over protests as Rousseff faces impeachment
Updated: 2016-03-18 10:18
As Rousseff swore Lula into office, she strongly criticized the release on Wednesday of a taped telephone conversation between them that was made public by Sergio Moro, the crusading federal judge overseeing the Petrobras investigation.
Moro, the public face of the biggest graft probe in Brazilian history, said the tape showed they had discussed influencing prosecutors and courts to protect Lula, who leaves Moro's jurisdiction.
"Convulsing Brazilian society with lies, with reprehensible practices violates constitutional rights and as well as the rights of citizens," said Rousseff, who called the recording illegal and anti-democratic.
Judiciary association and prosecutors working with Moro sprang to his defense, repudiating what they called efforts to intimidate him and his team of investigators.