President Donald Trump’s weird-ass former doctor is back with some weird-ass allegations about some weird-ass shit he says Trump’s former bodyguard pulled during the first weeks of his presidency.
Speaking with NBC News, Dr. Harold Bornstein claimed that Keith Schiller—who, at the time, was serving as the White House Director of Oval Office Operations—and Trump Organization attorney Alan Garten arrived at his Manhattan office on February 3, 2017, just days after Trump became president. There, Bornstein said, they proceeded to spend nearly half an hour creating “a lot of chaos” as they searched for—and eventually left with—all of Trump’s medical files.
According to Bornstein, the White House representatives did not provide the requisite HIPAA paperwork necessary for a doctor to authorize handing over any medical records for their client. NBC reported that Schiller did bring a letter from Trump’s then-White House doctor Ronny Jackson—best known now for his doomed attempt to become Veterans Affairs Secretary—although it’s unclear whether that letter included the HIPAA forms.
Adding insult to injury, Bornstein claims the pair demanded he take down a picture of him and Trump which was hanging on his wall.
Among the documents allegedly taken by Schiller and Garten were the sole copies of Trump’s medical charts, and lab work done under both Trump’s actual name, and various pseudonyms.
Neither the White House nor Schiller responded to NBC’s requests for comment on the alleged raid, which Bornstein described as having left him feeling “raped, frightened and sad.” I have reached out to the White House and the Trump Organization and will update this post if I hear back.
Bornstein first gained national prominence after writing a letter in 2015 claiming Trump would be “the healthiest individual ever to be elected to the presidency” if he was elected. Bornstein later admitted he’d written the letter in just five minutes.
Bornstein told NBC that he’d had a falling-out with Trump just days before the raid on his office, after stating publicly that he’d prescribed the president medication for hair growth, cholesterol, and rosacea. That admission, he claimed, scuttled any chance for him to serve as Trump’s presidential physician.
The doctor said he is only now speaking out about the office raid thanks in part to the White House’s botched nomination of Jackson, who has been accused of improperly doling out medication, among other allegations.
Update, 3:00 PM—During her Tuesday press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the raid as “standard procedure” for new presidents.