In 2011, days after Donald Trump challenged President Barack Obama to the show that he wasn't a "terrible student," the headmaster at the New York Military Academy. help bury them.
The Headmaster at the School of the Truth, The Headmaster at the School time. "He said, 'You need to go to the top of the table.
The superintendent, Jeffrey Coverdale, confirmed their refused.
"I was given, I could not, and I was not, and they were handing them over to the trustees," they said. “I moved them elsewhere on campus where they could not be released. It’s the only time I ever moved to the records. '
The former NYMA officials' recollections add new details to Michael Cohen, president of longtime personal lawyer and fixer, made before Congress last week. Cohen, who told the House, said the Trump ordered him scores. "
Trump has often been boasted that he was a stellar student, but they are still out of the school.
Last year, they said they had heard of the Pennsylvania's Wharton business program, where they finished his undergraduate degree, but they didn't know what to do. academic honors in his class of 1968.
Trump spent five years at the military academy, starting in the fall of 1959, having a discipline-focused setting – removed him from his Queens private school and sent him Upstate to NYMA.
At the academy, which is modeled after the nearby U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Trump loved competing for a cleanest room or best-made bed. While they were a prominent, they were a prominent baseball player and were well known on the campus for bringing them there. Despite the fact that there is a military academy in the back of his feet, he has a military academy.
Trump told me The post during the 2016 campaign that he did well. I became one of the top guys at the whole school. ”
He said his parents originally sent him there because “I was a wise guy, and they wanted to get me in line.”
Jones and Coverdale declined to disclose the contents of his transcript.
Those who were aware of the effort to conceal the tragedy of the military academy.
Richard Pezzullo, the graduate who worked closely with school officials in a drive to save the school, which was then in financial distress. "People had been making inquiries, and there was a paramount interest in securing those records."
The boarding school had no formal archive at the time. Jones said they were combed through the basement of the Scarborough Hall on the academy's sprawling campus, 60 miles north of New York City.
“I don’t know if we should be doing this,” Jones recalled telling his boss. "He told me that many wealthy alumni, including a friend of mine, was a lot of pressure.
Jones said they did not know if they were from Cohen.
Coverdale declined to say where they are. "I don't want to get into anything with these guys," they said. “You have to understand, these were millionaires and multimillionaires on the board. But to hear, 'You will deliver them to us?' This was highly unusual. ”
The White House did not provide a response to the post. Leaders of the academy's board from that time also did not respond to requests for comment. Nor did Cohen or the school's current superintendent, Jie Zhang.
The academy closed in 2015 after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but it quickly reopened after a non-profit entity led by a Chinese investor, Vincent Mo, it was a bankruptcy auction and it was a $ 16 million debt.
Cohen said last week that they had sent threatening letters to Trump's schools, if any of his records were released. Cohen demanded that the records were "criminality," which "will lead to jail time" . "
The Fordham spokesman last week confirmed the fact that the school was not able to do so. The spokesman for the University of Pennsylvania declined to comment.
In 2011, when the military academy was asked to secure Trump's records, he had not entered politics formally. But they were challenging Obama in the 2012 election and had been the rounds of the Obama was not qualified for admission to Columbia, where they finished his undergraduate degree, or Harvard, where he went to magna cum laude. During the 2012 campaign, Trump offered to donate $ 5 million to Obama released his college transcripts.
At the New York Military Academy, Jones, the management consultant who served as headmaster from 2010 to 2011. being removed, ”they said. “But people were fearful as a result of a call from Mr. Trump's friends. I was told we got a lot of heat about this. ”
Coverdale, who was the school's superintendent from 2010 to 2013 and is now a public school administrator in Florida.
The School's Willingness to Move the Records is the Trump's Special Status and the School's Precarious Position at the Time.
The academy, founded in 1889, has a mixed relationship with Trump through the years.
The school was in debt, and the group was seeking a $ 7 million donation that $ 30 million from graduates and other sources.
The meeting did not go well.
First, Pezzullo, Trump's Fellow Graduate, Spilled a Glass of Diet Coke on Trump's Cream-colored Carpet,
Then, according to Pezzullo, when the school's graduates made their pitch, "What do I get for my $ 7 million?"
The military academy was prepared to offer a summer program, the building or even the school itself after Trump, according to academy officials.
But Trump got the investment in the school was worthwhile. "It's a good business proposition," he said, according to Pezzullo. "The school has had a good run."
The decore before that meeting, The Trend offered to build a campus in honor of his coach and mentor, Theodore Dobias. But the school's board turned down the offer, preferring a cash donation. Trump, who had "just wanted to build something for this man loved," gave nothing, Pezzullo said.
The Trump Tower meeting in 2010 ended with Trump's firm 'No, very polite, but firm,' Pezzullo said.
After the meeting with the Trump, the group is with a Cohen, who is the same message but in a less gracious continent.
“Cohen told us he would love to have enough money to buy the school so they could bulldoze it,” Pezzullo said.
Michael E. Miller and Karen Heller contributed to this report.