In this Oct. 6, 2014 file photo, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff listens to a question during a re-election campaign news conference at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
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Cunha, who is often compared to the dark, manipulative hero Frank Underwood of the hit Netflix series "House of Cards," used his position as speaker of the lower house to put Rousseff on a so-far unstoppable path to being forced from office.A conservative lawmaker allied with Congress's Evangelical Christian wing, Cunha is accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes and maintaining secret Swiss bank accounts. Thanks largely to Cunha's leadership, the lower house voted heavily in favor last year for opening an impeachment trial against her, on charges that she illegally manipulated government accounts.In May, the Senate followed the lead of the lower house and voted by a large margin to launch the trial. Cunha is also being investigated by the congressional ethics committee over allegedly lying to Congress about possessing secret Swiss bank accounts.
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