Rand Paul Shares Articles Suggesting Dispute Over Lawn Didn't Spark Assault

Rene Boucher to make court appearance today

Paul, Kentucky's junior senator and a Republican presidential candidate in 2016, wrote Wednesday on his official Twitter account that he has six broken ribs and a pleural effusion - defined as an unusual amount of fluid around the lung - following the incident Friday afternoon outside his home. "The Pauls are and always have been great neighbors and friends".

Residents of Paul's gated community told Breitbart that the landscaping claims were "erroneous and unfounded". Paul's neighbors questioned the story that this altercation was prompted by a dispute over lawn care.

"It was absolutely and unequivocally not about politics, not about right verses left and not about Democrat versus Republican", Baker said.

On Thursday, a senior adviser to the senator said, "The Pauls have had no conversations with (Boucher) in many years". Paul seemed to confirm that there was no ongoing dispute with Boucher.

Rene Boucher, the man who attacked Sen. It was a blindside, violent attack by a disturbed person. If a Democratic Party senator was struck so hard that it broke six ribs, and the assailant was revealed to be a well-known conservative activist, would the media have dismissed it all as a dispute over tree leaves?

Boucher's charges could go up if it turns out Paul's injuries, which have forced him to miss Senate work, turn out to be worse, Milliken said. Stephanie Collins, a spokeswoman for the US attorney's Office in Louisville, offered no information on the likelihood of a federal prosecution...

If Paul were attacked by Boucher due to his political beliefs, that's a federal crime-so it makes sense as to why his lawyer would initially try to downplay any political component to the assault. That charge comes with a possible sentence of eight years - 20 if a weapon is involved - as opposed to the 12-month sentence and $500 fine Boucher faces.

Boucher, 59, was released from jail on Saturday, a day after the attack, on a $7,500 bond. Paul and Dr. Boucher, an anesthesiologist and "pain specialist", have been arguing about each other's lawn maintenance for years.

Boucher came up from behind, and Paul didn't hear him because his ears were covered.

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