Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Rand Paul Aide Disputes News Reports, Was a 'Blindside, Violent Attack'

Rand Paul Aide Disputes News Reports, Was a 'Blindside, Violent Attack'

Rand Paul and breaking six of his ribs pleaded not guilty to assault in court in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Rene Albert Boucher, 59, is accused of tackling Paul and was charged with fourth-degree assault, according to court documents. "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", said Doug Stafford, Paul's senior advisor, in a press release.

Boucher is a retired anesthesiologist and has lived next door to Paul for 17 years. "Paul's ribs were broken", Stafford told CNN on Thursday. "This is a serious criminal matter involving serious injury".

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The Kentucky doctor who allegedly attacked Sen. This was not a 'fight, ' it was a blindside, violent attack by a disturbed person. Boucher is scheduled for a November 30 pre-trial hearing.

Paul said on Twitter on Wednesday that he suffered six broken ribs and that X-rays showed a pleural effusion, which is a buildup of fluid in the tissues that line the lungs and the chest.

Citing unnamed sources, Fox News reported on Thursday that Paul had been told federal charges could be filed in the case, which could indicate that politics was behind the incident.

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The senator additionally appeared to hint at his side of the incident Wednesday, retweeting news stories that pushed back on earlier reports that the alleged assault was the result of a dispute over landscaping.

Stivers is a former board member of the Homeowners Association at Rivergreen, the gated community where Senator Paul lives. "The unfortunate occurrence of November 3rd has absolutely nothing to do with either's politics or political agendas".

Dr. Rene Boucher admitted to police that he tackled Paul from behind while he was mowing his lawn last Friday. "As to reports of a longstanding dispute with the attacker, the Pauls have had no conversations with him in many years".

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Boucher's lawyer said Monday that the attack was "a very regrettable dispute" that was "trivial".

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