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Brazilian congressman who led Rousseff impeachment arrested on corruption charges

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2016 file photo, Brazil's former President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha takes a break during the presentation of his defense in the Chamber of Deputies, in Brasilia, Brazil. The man who led efforts to impeach former President Dilma Rousseff was arrested on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 in Brazilâs sprawling corruption probe at state-run oil giant Petrobras. The arrest made in the capital of Brasilia was confirmed by the office of Judge Sergio Moro, who chairs many investigations of the scandal. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2016 file photo, Brazil's former President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha takes a break during the presentation of his defense in the Chamber of Deputies, in Brasilia, Brazil. The man who led efforts to impeach former President Dilma Rousseff was arrested on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 in Brazilâs sprawling corruption probe at state-run oil giant Petrobras. The arrest made in the capital of Brasilia was confirmed by the office of Judge Sergio Moro, who chairs many investigations of the scandal. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)  (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

The man who spearheaded the ouster of former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been arrested as part of a sprawling probe into corruption at state-run oil giant Petrobras.

The office of Judge Sergio Moro confirmed Wednesday's arrest of former Congressman Eduardo Cunha. He's accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes — accusations he denies.

Cunha began the process of impeaching Rousseff in December 2015 when he was speaker of the lower house of Congress. That led to a vote to remove her from office in August.

Cunha resigned as speaker in July and was stripped of his congressional seat in September.

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