On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Michael Cohen continued to serve up bombshell claims as he testified before the House Oversight Committee. The testimony of President Trump's former attorney included allegations he was ordered to send threatening letters to Trump's schools to prevent them from releasing his grades and test scores, and now everyone is wondering: What are Donald Trump’s SAT scores? Here's what we know. Elite Daily reached out to the White House for comment on the allegations, but did not hear back at the time of publication.
As the president's one-time fixer appeared before lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning, he shared new allegations against the POTUS and the "dirty deeds" he allegedly did at the direction of his former employer, who is currently under investigation for possible ties between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government. President Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russia and has repeatedly called the Special Counsel investigation a witch hunt. Cohen — who is set to start three years of jail time in May for making false statements to Congress, fraud, and tax evasion — shared several documents that he said would back up his critique of the president and allegations of wrongdoing.
"He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat," Cohen told the House Oversight Committee as he began to delve into his testimony. The White House did not reply to Elite Daily's inquiry to Cohen's statements about President Trump. Included in his alleged "evidence" were documents marked as "copies of letters I wrote at Mr. Trump’s direction that threatened his high school, colleges and the College Board not to release his grades or SAT scores," which he referred to as Exhibit 6 in his testimony.
He clarified to the audience, "When I say con man, 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." The White House did not respond to Elite Daily's inquiry for comment on Cohen's statements.
This flies in the face of President Trump memorably offering to give $5 million to a charity in 2011 if President Obama released his college transcripts from Columbia, Harvard, and Occidental. In addition to calling President Obama "the least transparent president in the history of this country," Trump questioned how such a "terrible student" could be accepted into Harvard Law School.
In an interview with the Associate Press in 2011, Trump reportedly said about his predecessor, "I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard? I'm thinking about it, I'm certainly looking into it. Let him show his records."
He continued, "I have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and they can't get into Harvard. We don't know a thing about this guy. There are a lot of questions that are unanswered about our president."
However, when numerous new sources broached President Trump about his own records at the time, he reportedly called the requests "stupid" and accused them of "trying to be funny." At the time, Cohen reportedly told a reporter at The Guardian in an Oct. 25, 2012, story, "I tell you what, he'll provide them to you when you provide yours to him."
On the campaign trail, President Trump was known for frequently making references to his own intelligence and "good grades" in school. "I went to the Wharton School of Business. I’m, like, a really smart person," he said back in July 2015.
"As I mentioned, I’m giving the Committee today copies of a letter I sent at Mr. Trump’s direction threatening these schools with civil and criminal actions if Mr. Trump’s grades or SAT scores were ever disclosed without his permission," Cohen told the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. The White House did not reply to Elite Daily's inquiry for comment on Cohen's statement.
He continued, "The irony wasn’t lost on me at the time that Mr. Trump in 2011 had strongly criticized President Obama for not releasing his grades. As you can see, Mr. Trump declared 'Let him show his records' after calling President Obama 'a terrible student."
According to BuzzFeed News, Fordham University has reportedly confirmed Cohen's statement that they received a letter threatening legal action if they were to release President Trump's records. Elite Daily reached out to Fordham University for confirmation of the letter, but did not hear back at the time of publication.
While it's not the only explosive claim to come out of Cohen's hearing, it's arguably the most bizarre, and people are once again asking to see President Trump's transcripts and SAT scores.
While the White House has yet to respond to an Elite Daily request for comment on the matter, Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to share his thoughts on Cohen's allegations.
Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately). He had other clients also. He was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying & fraud. He did bad things unrelated to Trump. He is lying in order to reduce his prison time. Using Crooked’s lawyer!
Other bombshells from the hearing include allegations that President Trump knew about the WikiLeaks hack before it happened, as well as produced copies of the alleged checks that he used to make an alleged hush money payment to Stormy Daniels, which would be an illegal campaign contribution. The White House did not reply to Elite Daily's request for comment on Cohen's statement. Cohen's testimony comes as lawmakers prepare for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report detailing claims of campaign violations and alleged interference from the Russian Kremlin in the 2016 presidential election.