Rand Paul Attack Was Over 'Trivial' Matter

Rand Paul Attack Was Over 'Trivial' Matter

Rand Paul is out on $7,500 bail and - so far - faces only a misdemeanor charge, as questions surround the attacker's motive as well as the extent of the senator's injuries.

Boucher was booked into the Warren County Regional Jail. "Other charges may be pending".

The release did not provide details of the assault or the nature of Paul's injury.

David Habich, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said the agency was aware of the incident concerning Paul.

"It requires serious physical injury in order for someone to be charged with a felony", Hodges said.

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Boucher, 59, is also a practicing anesthesiologist and an inventor who created a device called the "Therm-a-Vest" to alleviate back pain, according to a 2005 article in the Bowling Green Daily News.

A man has been arrested and charged with assaulting and injuring U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

A senior adviser for Rand Paul says the US senator is recovering from five broken ribs following an assault at his home.

Boucher's attorney released a statement on Monday alleging the dispute had "absolutely nothing to do with either's politics or political agendas" and was merely "a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial". "It is not clear exactly how soon he will return to work, as the pain is considerable as is the difficulty in getting around, including flying", Stafford added.

Paul's staff is unsure of when the senator will return to Washington. "This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force".

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"Displaced rib fractures can lead to life-threatening injuries such as: hemopneumothorax, pneumothorax, pneumonia, internal bleeding, laceration of internal organs and lung contusions".

McConnell said he plans to talk with Paul later Monday.

Police who were called to Paul's home shortly after 3 p.m. local time on Friday say they arrested Paul's neighbor, 59-year-old Rene Boucher, and charged him with fourth-degree assault. He had trouble breathing because of the rib injury, the warrant said.

It is believed Boucher is an acquaintance of Paul's.

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