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Cohen in Congress

Trump ordered Michael Cohen to suppress his college grades, SAT scores, Cohen will tell Congress

In public testimony on Wednesday, Michael Cohen will produce evidence he says shows President Trump committed a crime while president, testify that Trump effectively told him to perjure himself, swear Trump had advance knowledge of the WikiLeaks hit on Hillary Clinton, and describe his experience of Trump as a "racist," a "cheat," and a "conman," according to a prepared statement obtained by Politico and The New York Times. And Cohen will bring documents to bolster his shaky credibility, including evidence suggesting a little intellectual insecurity on Trump's part. Cohen will say:

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.

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. These are Exhibit 6. 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 in Exhibit 7, Mr. Trump declared "Let him show his records" after calling President Obama "a terrible student." [Michael Cohen statement, via Politico]

To be fair, Trump hasn't released his tax returns, either.