Cohen: Trump directed me to threaten schools not to release grades, SAT scores

Cohen: Trump directed me to threaten schools not to release grades, SAT scores
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE's former attorney Michael Cohen testified before Congress Wednesday that Trump directed him to threaten his high school, college and the College Board to prevent his grades and SAT scores from being released. 

“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. 

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He added that he gave Congress a copy of the letter he sent that threatened the schools with civil and criminal action if the grades and scores were released. 

“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,” he said. 

Trump attended the New York Military Academy and enrolled in Fordham University but then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, from which he got his college degree.

The White House did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment. 

Cohen testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee about his work for Trump during his presidential campaign on Wednesday. He called the president a "racist," a "conman" and a "cheat."

Cohen also recently accepted a plea agreement in which he said he would cooperate with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, including whether Russia colluded with the Trump campaign. 

He pleaded guilty to lying to congressional panels in November.