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Brazil's Supreme Court named a long list of politicians under investigation over the multibillion-dollar graft case roiling state oil giant Petrobras, including the presidents of the senate and of the chamber of deputies. On the list are 22 serving congressmen and 12 senators and it marks a new front in a snowballing scandal that has caused political and social uproar, threatening to tear apart the ruling coalition. Not under investigation is President Dilma Rousseff, who was Petrobras board chair during much of the decade-long period when politicians allegedly benefited from huge kickbacks via inflated contracts struck between the oil firm and dozens of companies. "Launching investigations was considered viable as there are indications of illegality," a court statement read, quoting a decision by Supreme Court presiding minister, Teori Zavascki.
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Robert Menendez denied any wrongdoing on Friday and said he was "not going anywhere" after CNN reported the U.S. Justice Department is preparing criminal corruption charges against the New Jersey Democrat. Citing unidentified sources briefed on the case, CNN said the charges center on allegations Menendez used his office to promote the business interests of a Democratic Party donor and friend in exchange for gifts. "I have always conducted myself appropriately and in accordance with the law," Menendez said in a statement he read to reporters in Newark, New Jersey. CNN said Attorney General Eric Holder has given the green light for prosecutors to proceed with charges and an announcement could arrive in coming weeks.