Donald Trump’s personal physician in New York City told NBC News today that Trump’s former bodyguard and a Trump Organization lawyer showed up in February 2017 and “raided” his files on Trump.
The incident, which Dr. Harold Bornstein described as a “raid,” took place two days after Bornstein told a newspaper that he had prescribed a hair growth medicine for the president for years.
In an exclusive interview in his Park Avenue office, Bornstein told NBC News that he felt “raped, frightened and sad” when Keith Schiller and another “large man” came to his office to collect the president’s records on the morning of Feb. 3, 2017. At the time, Schiller, who had long worked as Trump’s bodyguard, was serving as director of Oval Office operations at the White House.
“They must have been here for 25 or 30 minutes. It created a lot of chaos,” Bornstein said, who described the incident as frightening.
Bornstein told NBC News that he was not given a signed HIPAA form authorizing the release of the records. Releasing medical records without a patient’s knowledge and signature is a violation of patient privacy law.
The doctor also admitted Trump severed ties with him after he told the press that he’d prescribed Propecia for the Donald. The drug is used to treat an enlarged prostate as well as hair loss.
CNN later reported that a “source familiar with what happened” says the doctor overreacted when Schiller arrived.
Watch the reports below.
We now have the first version of the story from the White House about what happened in Bornstein’s office. It ain’t good. https://t.co/40M77KUyaC pic.twitter.com/FSA3VHrpKa
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 1, 2018
WOW! This is sounding worse and worse for Schiller and Garten. Bornstein is clearly saying he was robbed of his property (the records are his property) and they actually entered the premises w/o permission. https://t.co/40M77KUyaC pic.twitter.com/Rup6jgXdoY— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 1, 2018
Keith Schiller raided Dr. Harold Bornstein’s office after Bornstein revealed the frequently erratic Trump had for years used a vanity hair loss drug known to cause mental confusion https://t.co/qU4vxmZeOF
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) May 1, 2018
CNN’s @MarquardtA and @LawrenceCNN just spoke with Dr. Bornstein. The doctor says he did not sign a HIPPA release, which is required by law to release medical records. https://t.co/MSrnznwHfm
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 1, 2018
I worked for him &his dad, Dr Jacob Bornstein over 25 years here in N.Y. He Has hospital privileges @ Lenox Hill and N.Y. Presbyterian Hospital,both excellent hospitals. He was a bit eccentric but I have no reason to believe he’s lying.
— Margaret Degnan (@MaggieDeg4) May 1, 2018