Six professors at the University of Pennsylvania — the alma mater of President Donald Trump — are calling for a full investigation by the university into whether or not Trump committed fraud by having someone else take his SAT entrance exam for him, which would mean he was admitted to Penn under false pretenses and did not earn his college degree, the Washington Post reports:
“A professor at the University of Pennsylvania has renewed a request to investigate how President Trump was admitted to the school in 1966, citing what he called ‘new evidence’ on secretly recorded tapes in which Trump’s sister says a friend took his entrance exam.
“The professor, Eric W. Orts, is one of six faculty members who asked Penn’s provost earlier this summer to launch an investigation into how Trump transferred into the school. He noted that the president’s niece, Mary Trump, wrote in her book published in July that the president paid someone to take his SATs.”
The new evidence referred to by the Post is a tape recording made by Mary Trump of the president’s sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, who also alleges that her brother paid someone to take his SAT for him:
“In one tape, Barry said she did her brother’s homework for him and that ‘I drove him around New York City to try to get him into college.’ She said Donald Trump ‘went to Fordham for one year [actually two years] and then he got into University of Pennsylvania because he had somebody take the exams.'”
In the initial letter sent by Professor Orts and his colleagues, the six faculty members wrote that “failing to investigate an allegation of fraud at such a level broadcasts to prospective students and the world at large that the playing field is not equal, that our degrees can be bought, and that subsequent fame, wealth, and political status will excuse past misconduct.”
That request, however, was denied by the school’s provost, Wendell E. Pritchett, who suggested in his response that if “new evidence” came to light, he would be “open” to investigating it.
The White House did not provide a comment regarding the latest developments in the matter of the president’s SAT controversy or the validity of his degree from Penn.
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