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In 'good deal of pain,' Sen. Paul returning to Capitol Hill

In 'good deal of pain,' Sen. Paul returning to Capitol Hill

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks with reporters about the withdrawn Republican health care bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. on July 18, 2017.

There was "no justification" for his being attacked 10 days ago while doing yard work at his home in Kentucky, Paul told the Washington Examiner in his first interview since the incident.

"While I'm still in a good deal of pain, I will be returning to work in the Senate today (Monday), ready to fight for liberty and help move forward with tax cuts in the coming days and weeks", Paul tweeted on Monday, referring to the tax reform bill now being studied by the upper house.

Boucher appeared in court last week where he spoke only to confirm his name as a plea of not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor assault was entered. Paul said on Twitter.

Paul was attacked November 3 while mowing his lawn at his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

President Donald Trump is welcoming Kentucky Sen.

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Paul's neighbors had previously told The Daily Caller that they had no reason to believe that Boucher's attack was over a landscaping dispute. Robert Porter, Paul's close friend of 20 years, said the senator had gotten off his riding lawn mower when he was tackled from behind. Boucher pleaded not guilty last week in Bowling Green. The FBI is investigating to see if any federal laws were broken.

Boucher was immediately arrested, although he was released from jail the next day after paying $7,500 bail and on the condition that he not approach within 305 metres of the Senator and his family.

Police charged Rene Boucher with misdemeanor assault. He has not elaborated.

Paul suffered six cracked ribs and a pleural effusion - a buildup of fluid around the lung - as a result of the alleged attack. An attorney for Boucher issued a statement saying an altercation between the two men was brought on by a "trivial" dispute and was unrelated to politics.

Boucher's attorney, Matt Baker, said it appears Paul has hired a personal injury lawyer, which could mean he is planning a lawsuit.

Paul's office has declined to comment on that.


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