Donald Trump’s personal physician, Harold Bornstein, made headlines in 2016 when he offered a tossed-off note declaring Trump would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
Today, he was back in the news after saying that he felt “raped” when Trump’s people “raided” his office and made off with Trump’s medical records.
MSNBC analyst Danny Cevallos broke the situation down and said that if the facts are true—if people busted into Bornstein’s office and took documents related to Trump without his approval—Trump and his agents committed crimes.
“Private citizens coming in your home of office and taking things is a very specific crime,” Cevallos said. “If you’re present, that’s robbery, if you’re not that’s generally burglary. If these facts are true it implicates [them in] some very serious crimes.”
The fact that the people who busted into Bornstein’s office and took records didn’t have a signed HIPPA form is important, he said, as is the fact that they took the original records.
“Generally speaking, in most states, a provider owns the original medical records,” he said. “You as a patient have the right to the information contained in those records—you can visit them, you can copy them, you can look at them.”
In many states the doctor is required to keep copies for a certain amount of time, Cevallos said.
That includes New York, where doctors are required to keep records for at least six years after last seeing the patient.