Rand Paul's injuries from assault more severe than initially reported

07 November, 2017, 01:52 | Author: Diane Mills
  • US Senator Rand Paul's ribs broken in assault at home

A man was arrested and charged with assaulting and injuring Rand Paul.

Paul's office said in a statement the former Republican presidential candidate "was blindsided and the victim of an assault".

"The unfortunate occurrence of November 3 has absolutely nothing to do with either's politics or political agendas", a statement by attorney Matthew Baker said.

"He's pretty much the opposite of Rand Paul in every way", added another mutual acquaintance.

Rene Boucher, 59, has been charged with fourth-degree assault, police say.

McConnell wished his fellow Kentuckian a speedy recovery from the attack Friday that left Paul with five broken ribs. Although the alleged perpetrator, Rene Boucher, 59, is reportedly a registered Democrat, investigators can not determine if the crime was politically motivated.

Senior adviser Doug Stafford said Paul's injuries cause pain that could persist for weeks, perhaps even months, but that the Republican plans to return to the U.S. Senate soon. "Senator Paul is fine".

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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.

Kentucky State Police Master Trooper Jeremy Hodges said he could not release details of the assault because of security issues. "It was a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial".

Boucher was booked into the Warren County Regional Jail.

It isn't clear when Paul will return to work since he is in considerable pain and is having difficulty getting around.

Paul had injuries to his face, "including small cuts to the nose and mouth area", and he was having trouble breathing "due to a potential rib injury".

The state police investigation remains open and active and the formal police report on the incident has not yet been filed with county officials, Hodges said. He was released on Saturday after posting a $7,500 bond, Captain Chip Olney of the facility said by phone.

The FBI is assisting state and local authorities to see whether there were any violations of federal law, but an FBI spokesman declined to comment Monday on a possible motive.

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