On the 4th, former lawmaker Kwak Sang-do was arrested on charges of helping the development forces in Daejang-dong and receiving 5 billion won from his son by the Democratic Party on the 4th. When it was revealed, they launched an offensive with the theory of the people’s power and responsibility for the ‘Daejang-dong suspicion’.
Democratic Party presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung met with reporters after stopping by Bonghama Village in Gimhae-si, Gyeongnam on the 6th and said, “Yesterday, it seems that candidate Yoon Seok-yeol made a statement to the effect of an investigation of bias with former member Kwak arrested. He must have been in his proper position as a presidential candidate, but it was difficult to convince him that he was talking about a biased investigation.” Candidate Yoon met with reporters in Gangjeong Village on Jeju the day before and said about the arrest of former lawmaker Kwak, “The people will know about the absurd passing and false propaganda of the Democratic Party. This government is crushing without being tracked,” he said.
Candidate Lee mentioned a passage in the transcript between Manbae Kim and Accountant Jeong Young-hak, which was additionally released on the YouTube channel Open Sympathy TV the day before, where Kim said, “I fight while sharing swear words (with Candidate Yoon).” Candidate Lee also raised suspicions of Candidate Yoon’s acquiescence to Busan Savings Bank’s loan corruption, saying, “If you include the fact that he did not allow public development of the apartment, wouldn’t it be Candidate Yoon who gave profits to Kwak Sang-do and the (developer) company?”
Candidate Lee said, “If the party involved in the ‘5 Billion Billion Club’ is arrested, (Candidate Yoon) should be punished severely for the rest. A special investigation must be carried out on all the abnormal practices that forced private development and blocked public development until now,” he said. Candidate Lee said, “Candidate Yoon, if you are confident, accept the special prosecutor. Let’s do it after the election is over,” he said.
Woo Sang-ho, general manager of the Democratic Party’s Election Response Committee, also said about the transcript of Kim Man-bae during a briefing at the Democratic Party in Yeouido on the same day, “If you look at what Kim said in detail (about Yoon), it is proof that it is not a normal relationship. In his remarks, he said, ‘There is a limit to what you can see’. It’s like admitting that you’ve continued to look after yourself.” Director Woo said, “If a candidate avoids this issue without directly answering it, it can only be regarded as acknowledging that the (the two) relationship is true.
Democratic lawmakers belonging to the Legislative and Judiciary Committee also held a press conference on the same day and said, “Candidate Yoon should reveal directly in front of the public what kind of relationship Mr. Kim Man-bae has.” Lawmakers released the part of the transcript, “Byeongchae’s father asked for money, through Byungchae,” and said, “The court’s issuance of an arrest warrant for former lawmaker Kwak is enhancing the credibility of the transcript.” The lawmakers said, “The prosecution should also conduct a swift investigation into those who are listed in the remaining ‘5 billion club’,” citing Mr. Kim’s mention of candidate Yoon. “He also said.
The Democratic Party seems to have launched an offensive when additional suspicions were raised about Candidate Yoon, including allegations that Lee and his spouse Kim Hye-kyung hired a civil servant to perform excessive ceremonies, such as private errands, during his time as governor of Gyeonggi. While the way to investigate the lawyers who received 5 billion won from Kim Man-bae after the arrest of former member Kwak was opened, there seems to be an aspect that judged that the level of attention on this was low. Candidate Lee spoke for a long time in Bonghama Village and said, “I tried to talk a lot even at this opportunity because there was no reaction (the press).”