Trump took all his medical records from his 70 year-old-physician, Harold Bornstein, of 35 years in Feb. 2017. Bornstein described the event as a “raid”. The raid occurred two days after Bornstein reported that Trump took medicine to enhance hair growth. Bornstein reported feeling “raped, frightened and sad” when the records were confiscated. Bornstein explained that a HIPAA release was not provided by Trump. Under New York law, a doctor is required to maintain the original patient records for at least six years.
Bornstein has confirmed what everyone assumed, the letter he signed before the election was dictated by Trump. Trump described himself as the “healthiest president in history” and his health was described as “astonishingly excellent.” Bornstein justified that statement by explailning that past Presidents are either sick or dead. He signed the letter in December 2015, so he must not have been thinking of Obama as a “past” President.
Who could feel sorry for Harold Bornstein? He signed the letter Trump dictated. He knew that he was defrauding the American people when he signed that letter. However that’s old news. The troubling part of this controversy is that Trump, as President, has once again violated the rule of law and used his power as President in an unlawful way. Perhaps the word “rape” is a little strong, but the idea that President Trump can, and does, use his position to impose his will to do something unlawful it outrageous. The word “rape” is appropriate to the extent that it conveys a complete breakdown of the rules of justice. Rape conveys a violation of personal right of privacy and a crime that leaves the victim completely helpless and violated.
The fact that Trump could have his goons, employees of the federal government, violate the law and seize the physician’s original records is astonishing! Those records belong to the physician and the most Trump is entitled to is to get a copy, after a proper authorization is provided. Trump seized the property of another American citizen and is suffering no consequences. Clearly the rule of law doesn’t apply to Trump. To make matters worse he uses tax payer funded employees to impose his will.