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George Sorial, who represented Donald Trump Jr., says more Trump business indictments on horizon

George Sorial, President of the Trump Organization, speaks during a news conference about development of the Trump National Golf Club Mexico in Mexico City on Jan. 27, 2016.

George Sorial, President of the Trump Organization, speaks during a news conference about development of the Trump National Golf Club Mexico in Mexico City on Jan. 27, 2016.

NEW YORK — In a signal that the criminal investigations of the Trump Organization are far from over, a former lawyer of the firm’s president said Tuesday that there are more potential indictments in the pipeline and asked supporters to “keep digging.”

Attorney George Sorial, a longtime lawyer for Donald Trump, said on a PBS NewsHour segment that aired Tuesday morning that the criminal probe into the Trump Organization’s finances and operations was only one of several ongoing investigations.

Asked if he anticipated more indictments, Sorial said, “It sure sounds like it. And it sure sounds like there’s another set of emails or documents coming soon.”

Sorial also hinted at the possibility of more litigation from a lawsuit that he and a former business partner filed against Trump, Ivanka Trump and the Trump Organization. The lawsuit claims that Trump’s decision to terminate Sorial and his business partner, Bill Ackman, in 2017 violated the Fair Employment and Housing Act of 1968, which prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, age and sex.

He expressed optimism that in addition to winning the lawsuit, he would be able to work for the Trump Organization in some fashion.

He was also asked about the U.S. Department of Justice’s interest in interviewing Trump. Asked directly if that interest, “would be significant or would it become less significant depending on what the company does,” Sorial said, “The timing is probably going to be determined by what the company does, and obviously my confidence in the company’s willingness to cooperate with the government is heightened if the company doesn’t cooperate.”

Sorial’s comments come as the New York State Attorney General’s Office has continued to investigate the Trump Organization, which is chaired by Trump, for possible financial improprieties and criminal violations of anti-corruption laws that could lead to charges for its President and President-elect. The AG’s Office has also sought to gain access to internal company emails and audit reports. In July, the company sought and won a temporary restraining order barring the state from accessing Trump Organization files.

While the Trump Organization has mounted numerous legal challenges and said in a recent statement that it will “vigorously contest” legal action against it, Sorial reiterated on Tuesday that the attorney general’s office had not offered the company cooperation, adding, “This issue is causing us some anxiety, and I’d like to assure you that’s under control, and things are moving on as planned.”

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