As early as tomorrow President Park Geun-hye could be questioned face-to-face in the Blue House.
The independent counsel and the Blue House have begun last-minute coordination.
Kim Bo-yun has more on the schedule of President Park’s questioning.
The special prosecution team revealed that face-to-face questioning of President Park Geun-hye could take place around Friday.
The questioning could take place as early as tomorrow.
It appears that the independent counsel and the Blue House have agreed to carry out the questioning some time within this week.
Besides that, they are still wrestling over other details.
First, they disagreed over where the questioning should take place.
After debates, many predict that the precinct of the Blue House, as requested by the president’s side due to reasons of security and others, is most likely. Within the Blue House, Wimin Hall, the building for secretaries, or Sangchunjae, where guests are received, are likely candidates.
It was reported that both the counsel and the Blue House have agreed on the principle of not revealing anything on the specific schedule until everything is confirmed.
An official with the independent counsel did not talk about the specific processes of coordination, saying that more needs to be discussed today as to whether the questioning will take place.
He added that he cannot confirm where the questioning will take place, and the independent counsel added that it is not something that should be made public.
The Blue House reportedly strongly opposed to the partial exposure of the schedule of the questioning.
Regardless, great tension and caution are sensed within the independent counsel, just ahead of the highlight of the entire investigation process.
Because anything can happen, the counsel will likely continue their coordination, and talk about more details in the afternoon briefing.
The prosecutors have emphasized from the early stages that a face-to-face questioning of the president is necessary.
What aspects would they investigate?
Since the independent counsel has never investigated the president yet, there are many different aspects to look into.
One aspect is the blacklisting of artists.
The counsel has concluded that the president colluded with former Chief of Staff Kim Ki-chun and former Minister Jo Yoon-seon to create the blacklist and implement it.
As this is one of the first charges against the president that the counsel spotted, an intensive investigation over this aspect is expected.
There is also the charge of receiving bribes from Samsung.
Though the counsel did not specifically mention the President, they named Choi Soon-sil as an accomplice in receiving the bribe, essentially making the President the recipient.
As this is related to applying for the second warrant to arrest Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong, this aspect may also be investigated.
Kim Bo-yun reporting for Yonhap News TV from the office of the independent counsel.
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