Despite then-candidate Donald Trump’s insistence that President Barack Obama release his grades for the world to see, Trump himself instructed his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to threaten his own former schools with legal action should they release any of his grades or test scores.
Buzzfeed News reported that Cohen not only testified to this fact on Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee but also provided a copy of one of the letters he sent to Trump’s former college, Fordham University.
"When I say conman, I’m talking about a man who declares himself brilliant but directed me to threaten his high school, his colleges, and the College Board to never release his grades or SAT scores," Cohen told the committee.
The letter to Fordham University, dated May 5, 2015 and printed on Trump’s letterhead, was addressed to Rev. Joseph McShane and threatened legal consequences should anyone from the school release Trump’s records. It also demanded that the school “permanently seal” the president’s records.
In 2011, Trump called Obama a “terrible student” and questioned how the former president could have been accepted to Ivy League schools with such an abysmal record — a line of attack with no basis in fact.
He demanded that Obama release his school records during an interview with The Associated Press.
"I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?" Trump said. "I'm thinking about it, I'm certainly looking into it. Let him show his records."
As he testified about Trump hiding his own school records, Cohen said: "The irony wasn’t lost on me at the time.”