There was another raid that happened in the Trump galaxy, this time at the president’s New York City doctor’s office. Dr. Harold Bornstein said that a trio of Trump associates raided his office back in February of 2017, seizing the president’s medical records.
Trump’s bodyguard, Keith Schiller, was accompanied by a lawyer from the Trump administration and a third man when they appeared at the Park Avenue office on the morning of February 3, 2017. At that time, Schiller was actually Trump’s adjunct director of Oval Office operations at the White House. The men seized lab reports and several pieces of sensitive information pertaining to Trump. The intervention lasted for 30 minutes, with Dr. Bornstein saying that he felt “raped” afterward.
The Seized Documents
It’s worth noting that the raid happened just days after he had an interview with a newspaper, in which the doctor said that he prescribed hair growth medication to the president for several years. This raid might have been a form of retaliation, but White House officials refuse to comment on the incident. Bornstein notes that Trump cut their relationship after the New York Times published an article stating that the president took Propecia, a drug that helps with enlarged prostates and male pattern baldness.
The men also demanded that the doctor remove an 8×10 photo of the Bornstein and Trump. It now lies flat on the top shelf of a table.
Originals and copies of Trump’s medical charts were also taken. Anything that was under Trump — and his pseudonyms — were seized.
In an interview with NBC News, Bornstein laments the fact that he was not given an authorization form to release the records, which is a form of violation of patient-doctor privacy laws. A person familiar with the incident alleges that Bornstein was given a letter from the then-White House doctor Ronny Jackson, with a proposed release form attached. But Bornstein said that he wasn’t made aware of the attached document.
“I couldn’t believe anybody was making a big deal out of a drug to grow his hair that seemed to be so important. And it certainly was not a breach of medical trust to tell somebody they take Propecia to grow their hair. What’s the matter with that?”
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