Donald Trump Was 64 Years Old When He Reportedly Scrambled to Hide His High School Transcripts

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One of the most illuminating and delightful discoveries from Michael Cohen’s massive dump of information about Donald Trump during his recent congressional testimony was the president’s apparent fear of his grades being released.

“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 said. “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.”

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A current and former school official at the New York Military Academy confirmed to the Washington Post this week that they did, indeed, rush to hide Trump’s transcripts “in a panic” days after Trump publicly criticized Obama as a “terrible student” and demanded that he “show his records”:

The superintendent of the private school “came to me in a panic because he had been accosted by prominent, wealthy alumni of the school who were Mr. Trump’s friends” and who wanted to keep his records secret, recalled Evan Jones, the headmaster at the time. “He said, ‘You need to go grab that record and deliver it to me because I need to deliver it to them.’ ”

The superintendent, Jeffrey Coverdale, confirmed Monday that members of the school’s board of trustees initially wanted him to hand over President Trump’s records to them, but Coverdale said he refused.

“I was given directives, part of which I could follow but part of which I could not, and that was handing them over to the trustees,” he said. “I moved them elsewhere on campus where they could not be released. It’s the only time I ever moved an alumnus’s records.”

Coverdale, you are sitting on buried treasure. Release the transcripts!

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Prachi Gupta is a senior reporter at Jezebel.

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