President Dilma Rousseff dismissed testimony made by state witnesses on Brazil’s biggest corruption scandal after a magazine reported an informer claimed her campaign allegedly received illegal donations.
“I don’t respect whistle-blowers,” she told reporters in New York on Monday. “I was jailed in the dictatorship and I know how it is: they tried to turn me into a whistle-blower.”
Monday’s comments mark the most outspoken criticism by Rousseff against state witnesses, who claim Petroleo Brasileiro SA granted companies contracts in exchange for kickbacks used to finance politicians. Veja magazine on Saturday reported that Ricardo Pessoa, the president of a construction company who turned state witness, said several politicians with ties to Rousseff’s ruling party were involved in the scheme.
Her Chief of Staff Aloizio Mercadante and Social Communications Minister Edinho Silva, who was treasurer of Rousseff’s 2014 campaign, denied the report and said all donations were legal.