In his prepared remarks given to the House Oversight Committee, Michael Cohen, the former “fixer” lawyer to President Donald Trump, suggested that as a candidate for office Trump ordered him to threaten colleges and the high school he attended in order to prevent them from releasing his academic records.
Cohen said that Trump is a “conman” during his testimony on Wednesday. “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 elaborated in his statement.
On Wednesday morning, PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor tweeted out the evidence of those threats, supplied by Cohen to the House committee, that demonstrate just what Trump’s lawyer was ordered to say to these institutions.
Here's the letter Michael Cohen wrote to Fordham University warning them not to release President Trump's grades. pic.twitter.com/m7FHyUP9RF
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) February 27, 2019
The letter, addressed to Fordham University, where Trump attended for two years before transferring to Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, threatened “both criminal and civil” actions against the university if Trump’s grades were ever leaked out.
“The criminality will lead to jail time,” Cohen wrote in the letter.
Cohen added, “[W]e will hold your institution liable to the fullest extent of the law including damages and criminality. As you are again no doubt aware, this notice applies to any and all of The College Board’s employees, agents, third parties, vendors and any other person or entity acting for or on its behalf.”
Trump has long asserted himself to be a smart person, even before he ran for president. In a 2013 tweet, for example, he said his IQ was “among the highest” ever recorded. To his critics, he said, “Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.”
Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure,it's not your fault
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2013
In spite of his continuous claims of having a high intelligence rating since then, Trump has never provided evidence of his academic prowess, although he has challenged others, like London Mayor Sadiq Khan, to an IQ test from time-to-time, according to reporting from the Boston Globe.