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SKorean prosecutors plan to search impeached leader's office

  • Choi Soon-sil, center, the jailed confidante of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye, shouts upon her arrival at the office of the independent counsel in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Prosecutors plan to question Park and search her office by early next month over a huge corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Choi Soon-sil, center, the jailed confidante of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye, shouts upon her arrival at the office of the independent counsel in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Prosecutors plan to question Park and search her office by early next month over a huge corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Choi Soon-sil, center, the jailed confidante of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye, arrives at the office of the independent counsel in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Prosecutors plan to question Park and search her office by early next month over a huge corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Choi Soon-sil, center, the jailed confidante of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye, arrives at the office of the independent counsel in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Prosecutors plan to question Park and search her office by early next month over a huge corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Choi Soon-sil, center, the jailed confidante of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye, arrives at the office of the independent counsel in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Prosecutors plan to question Park and search her office by early next month over a huge corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Choi Soon-sil, center, the jailed confidante of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye, arrives at the office of the independent counsel in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Prosecutors plan to question Park and search her office by early next month over a huge corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)  (The Associated Press)

Prosecutors plan to question impeached President Park Geun-hye and search her office by early next month over a huge corruption scandal.

Lee Kyu-chul, a spokesman for a special prosecutors' team, said Wednesday that his team is pushing to conduct the interview and the search by early February.

Park cannot be forced to testify at the Constitutional Court holding her impeachment trial. But she has said she's willing to undergo questioning by the special prosecutors handling other cases in the wide-ranging scandal. It's not clear if her office will allow the search of the presidential Blue House.

Park is accused of allowing a confidante to meddle in state affairs and colluding with the woman to extort money from businesses. The confidante and several presidential aides have been arrested.