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Nixon’s Plumbers broke into Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s office under the cover of night. Trump’s Plumbers broke into his own physician’s office in broad daylight. Nixon’s Plumbers were convinced, as Egil Krogh later put it, “that the president and those functioning on his behalf could carry out illegal acts with impunity if they were convinced that the nation’s security demanded it.” Trump’s Plumbers were not concerned about national security.

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. […]

“They must have been here for 25 or 30 minutes. It created a lot of chaos,” Bornstein said, who described the incident as frightening. […]

Two days after the story ran, the men came to his office.

“I couldn’t believe anybody was making a big deal out of a drug to grow his hair that seemed to be so important. And it certainly was not a breach of medical trust to tell somebody they take Propecia to grow their hair. What’s the matter with that?”

Nixon’s Plumbers never located Ellsberg’s medical files. Trump’s Plumbers had much better success.

“Bornstein said the original and only copy of Trump’s charts, including lab reports under Trump’s name as well as under the pseudonyms his office used for Trump, were taken.”

They not only retrieved Trump’s medical files, but they also walked out with the files for all the pseudonymous personae Trump uses when he sees his doctor.

I sincerely doubt that Dr. Bornstein was planning on showing any of Trump’s medical files to anyone, but at least that remote possibility is not something the president will have to worry about anymore. He can go on denying that he’s a balding man and I am sure that everyone will believe him.

This is all completely normal:

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.

And there was one final insult for the man who famously said “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

A framed 8×10 photo of Bornstein and Trump that had been hanging on the wall in the waiting room now lies flat under a stack of papers on the top shelf of Bornstein’s bookshelf. Bornstein said the men asked him to take it off the wall.

This is one more example that when it comes to working with Trump, “Five to one, baby, one in five, no one here gets out alive.”

Martin Longman

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