The landlord of a Manhattan apartment complex where Donald Trump Jr. lived and worked as a Trump Organization executive has agreed to a new ethics agreement to avoid further scrutiny from the special counsel investigating whether Trump obstructed justice during the 2016 presidential campaign, NBC News has learned.
The agreement, first reported by the New York Post, also prohibits the Trump Organization from using the rental property as a campaign property or as a venue for political activity in the future.
The two sides agreed that a third party will conduct a review of any violations and that the agreement will be amended to ensure that “any actions taken in the name of the Trump organization will not violate the provisions of this agreement.”
The agreement also requires the Trump Organisation to provide to the Ethics and Compliance Board, a law firm specializing in ethics, ethics compliance and ethics matters, a detailed financial statement and a list of all employees involved with the Trump organisation and its subsidiaries, including all directors, officers and shareholders.
A Trump Organization spokeswoman declined to comment.
The move is one of several agreements the special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, is investigating after news reports last month showed that the Trump campaign paid a longtime business associate in 2015 to register to vote in New York, despite knowing the person had been convicted of tax evasion and racketeering.
In the past, the Trump White House has sought to keep the probe out of the public eye, but Mueller has pressed for the public to learn more about the president’s dealings with Russia and has sought the public’s help in gathering evidence that could be used against Trump.
A report by The New York Times last month detailed how Trump tried to convince Russia to release emails it had hacked from the Democratic National Committee and others to help him discredit Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The Associated Press first reported the deal between Trump’s family and the landlord, a unit of Soho Group, in which the Trump-branded Trump International Hotel is located in a luxury condo building in the Meatpacking District.
The deal requires the landlord to provide a detailed list of any employees involved in the Trump properties, including the president, the president and his son, Donald Trump III.
The list must be disclosed by the landlord within 30 days of the commencement of any investigation, and by June of this year, it must be made public.
The lease agreement was signed in October by attorney John M. Miller, who represented the Trump family and other Trump companies in the 2016 investigation.
The agreement was reached in response to an order by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in the case of the condo rental in which Trump had been living.
The New York attorney general’s office said in a statement that it was “pleased to see the agreement being finalized.”
It is unclear how much the Trump companies will be paying for the legal fees, but attorneys for the Trump estate have argued that it is a reasonable amount given the nature of the matter.
Trump’s attorney, Jamie Gorelick, has said the value of the apartment complex was more than $400,000, and the lease agreement requires that the rent be paid over 20 years, with no interest.
Gorelick has said she is hopeful the lease will be resolved in the end, though she noted that the deal does not apply to the rental apartment itself.
“It’s a little complicated,” she said in an interview with The Associated Press.
“It’s the entire property.”
In a statement, Soho said it is “disappointed” that the company has agreed with the ethics agreement, but added that the lease was “not a formal legal obligation” and “does not require us to comply with the law.”
The statement said the company is “committed to continuing to live up to the high standards of integrity and ethics expected of us in the business of real estate.”
The Trump Organization has already agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a probe into whether Trump broke state election laws when he used his position as a Republican to help raise money for the Republican National Committee.
In May, the Justice Department announced it was investigating Trump’s use of a charity to fund his presidential campaign.