The Latest: Rousseff appears at Brazil impeachment trial

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The Latest on the impeachment trial of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

Dilma Rousseff has brought along some of Brazil's most famous figures for support as she appears before a Senate that is weighing whether to permanently remove her from the presidency.

Among those looking on are former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Rousseff's mentor and predecessor in office.

There are also some 20 former ministers, singer and poet Chico Buarque, leaders of leftist social movements and intellectuals.

They're sitting in the gallery above the Senate. Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski opened the session saying he will remove anyone who applauds, boos or shouts any comments during the proceedings.


9:55 a.m.

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is telling senators that she is being unjustly accused of breaking fiscal rules in her management of the federal budget.

She's speaking at her own impeachment trial, saying: "I know I will be judged, but my conscience is clear. I did not commit a crime."

Rousseff is reminding senators that she was re-elected in 2014 by 54 million voters. She says that at every moment she has followed the constitution and done what was best for the country.

In her words, "I can't help but taste the bitterness of injustice."


9:15 a.m.

Several hundred supporters of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff are demonstrating outside Congress ahead of her appearance for the Senate's impeachment trial of the suspended leader.

Rousseff is on trial for breaking fiscal rules in her management of the federal budget. In May, the Senate voted to impeach and suspend her. Rousseff denies wrongdoing.

Senators will be voting this week on whether to permanently remove her. If a supermajority of senators vote in favor, interim President Michel Temer will finish her term, which goes through 2018.