Rand Paul: ‘No justification’ for attack outside my home
Republican Sen. Rand Paul said there is “no justification” for the attack outside his Kentucky home that left him with six broken ribs and a damaged lung.
“From my perspective, I’m not really too concerned about what someone’s motive is. I’m just concerned that I was attacked from the back and somebody broke six of my ribs and gave me a damaged lung where at least for now I have trouble speaking and breathing and now I’ve hurt for 10 days,” Paul told the Washington Examiner in his first interview since the Nov. 3 assault.
“There is no motive that would justify hitting somebody from behind and breaking their ribs and damaging their lungs, so no, there is no justification for something like that,” the 54-year-old told the newspaper on Monday.
Paul, who returned to the Senate on Monday, was doing yard work outside his Bowling Green home when his neighbor Rene Boucher allegedly tackled him from behind, breaking his ribs and causing fluid to build up in his chest.
Boucher was charged with fourth-degree assault and released on $7,500 bond.
Police have not released a motive for the attack, but Boucher’s lawyer has said politics did not play a part.
Paul said there can be “no motive” for the blindside attack on him.
“Really if you told me he was doing it for some noble cause to feed starving children somewhere, there is no motive. There is no motive that would justify hitting somebody from behind and breaking their ribs and damaging their lungs, so no, there is no justification for something like that,” he told the newspaper.
Although the men share a property line in their gated community and reports claim they were feuding over grass clippings, Paul said he hasn’t talked to Boucher in 10 years.
“My first encounter was basically being hit in the back,” he said. “We’ve never had words over anything, we’ve never had a dispute or discussion or words.”
But, Paul said, “there is going to be a criminal prosecution.”