President Donald Trump's New York doctor tells NBC News the president's medical records were taken from his office in a February 2017 "raid" by Trump's longtime bodyguard, the Trump Organization's top lawyer and a third, large man.
Dr. Harold Bornstein said his office was raided two days after he told The New York Times he had for years prescribed Trump the hair growth medicine Propecia.
The 25- to 30-minute incident left Bornstein feeling "raped, frightened and sad," he said. He added that he was not given a form authorizing that the records be released signed by Trump, which would be a violation of patient privacy law.
Keith Schiller, the bodyguard who was serving as director of Oval Office operations at the time, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Schiller left the White House in September.
A person familiar with the matter said then-White House doctor Ronny Jackson included a letter to Bernstein, but the person wasn't sure if a release form was attached.
Bornstein said he was speaking out about the incident now after seeing reports that Jackson won't be returning to his post as White House doctor. "This is like a celebration for me," he said.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the taking of Trump's records "standard operating procedure" by the White House medical unit for a new president. She said she would not characterize what happened as a "raid."
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During Trump's presidential campaign, Bornstein wrote a letter declaring "unequivocally" that Trump would be the healthiest president in history. He called Trump's health "astonishingly excellent." The Trump campaign released the letter in December 2015.
In his recent interview, Bornstein told NBC News that the language in the letter actually came from Trump.
"He wrote it himself," he said.