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After the Inquirer had released the sensational Michael Cohen's testimony, some huge headlines have been made. According to what Cohen said, Trump, a Wharton alum, told him "to threaten colleges to not release grades." Allegedly, at the time Trump attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he was a "really good student" according to his own words. The Typical Student team learned more details.
Michael Cohen's EXPLOSIVE Exposé
In reality, nobody really knows how good of a student Trump claims to be. At least, Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer, has revealed A LOT in an explosive opening statement to the House Oversight and Reform Committee Wednesday. Cohen called Trump a "racist," "con man," and "cheat" who directed him to threaten the president’s "high school, his colleges, and the College Board to never release his grades or SAT scores."
Cohen told he had a written proof, that is the documents he had shared with the committee that included "copies of letters" written at Trump's direction and containing the apparent threats. No school was named by Cohen in the statement directly, though.
One of the examples supporting Cohen's claims submitted to Congress was a letter sent to Fordham University dated May 5, 2015: "...please be advised that my client does not consent to any release or disclosure of any educational records to any third parties; and if in the event any of his records are released or otherwise disclosed without his prior written consent, we will hold your institution liable to the fullest extent of the law including damages and criminality."
The Irony Of Not Releasing Grades
Cohen also emphasized the fact that Trump criticized Obama for not releasing his grades, he told the committee: "As you can see in Exhibit 7, Mr. Trump declared, ‘Let him show his records,’ after calling President Obama ‘a terrible student.'" Indeed, during the time of Trump’s campaign and presidency, the educational facilities Trump was enrolled in have remained silent on their famous alum.
A spokesperson for Fordham told Inside Higher Ed: "Our stance remains the same: We obey federal law and don’t release student records to anyone but the student/graduate or anyone that the student designates, in writing."
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