Cho Kuk was expected to offer to step down Monday, the Justice’s Ministry’s press office said in a statement, just five weeks after Moon decided to go ahead with his appointment over the objections of opposition lawmakers. Cho faced a range of inquiries into issues involving him and his wife, including their children’s university applications and an investment in a private equity fund.
While the decision to appoint close confidante Cho delighted the president’s left-leaning base, many South Koreans opposed the move. Tens of thousands of critics have flooded Seoul’s streets in recent weeks, calling for Cho’s resignation.
Cho, a former law professor who became a senior presidential secretary for civil affairs, has denied wrongdoing. The probes undermined Cho’s efforts to paint himself as a reformer trying to level the legal playing field for the average citizen.
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