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Trump wanted Obama to show his transcript. Someone tried to bury Trump's just days later.

Michael Cohen recalls telling President Trump's high school to hide his grades from the public. The New York Military Academy's former headmaster and superintendent remember it too.

During former President Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign, Trump begged Obama to share his college records and prove he wasn't a "terrible student." Just days later, then-NYMA superintendent Jeffrey Coverdale was "accosted by prominent, wealthy alumni of the school who were Mr. Trump's friends," then-headmaster Evan Jones tells The Washington Post. Ironically, those alumni wanted Trump's high school grades kept under wraps.

Coverdale confirmed the account to the Post on Monday, saying NYMA trustees wanted to take Trump's records. Coverdale refused, but said he did move the records "elsewhere on campus where they could not be released." That account lines up with the story Cohen told Congress last week: that he threatened Trump's high school and colleges "to never release his grades or SAT scores." Fordham University, where Trump went to college for two years, also confirmed to the Post it got one of Cohen's letters.

Jones and Coverdale's accounts raise further questions about Trump's educational records, which he claims were sparkling despite his name never appearing on the University of Pennsylvania's dean's list. Trump also refuses to hand over his records and match a GPA with his claims.

Both Jones and Coverdale wouldn't share Trump's transcript. The White House, Cohen, and the NYMA's current superintendent did not respond to a request for comment. Read more at The Washington Post.