Puerto Rico's legislature starts impeachment process against Rosselló

Ricardo Rosselló.
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Puerto Rico's legislature has started the impeachment process against Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, following widespread outrage over leaked sexist and homophobic private messages between Rosselló and close aides and advisers.

Johnny Mendez, speaker of the House of Representatives, commissioned an independent panel of lawyers to investigate the messages, and they determined that four felonies and one misdemeanor may have been committed during the group chats, attorney Luis Rodriguez-Rivera told Reuters. Since the messages were leaked earlier this month, there have been massive protests in Puerto Rico, with demonstrators demanding Rosselló step down. On Sunday, he said he would not seek re-election in 2020, but did not plan on leaving office early.

Several media outlets reported earlier on Wednesday that Rosselló is expected to announce this week that he will in fact resign.

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