U.S. Sen. Rand Paul didn’t have it easy, especially after being attacked by what reports state was a neighbor. Now, he is opening up on the incident in a brand new interview.
As Paul explained to The Washington Examiner, he was first attacked from behind, after which he had to seek medical help. He reportedly had six broken ribs and fluid in his lungs.
Many reports stated the suspect is a man known as Rene Boucher, who will probably face federal charges regarding the attack. As Paul stated, he was minding his own business and mowing the lawn at the time of the attack. The charges Boucher is looking at could get as high as a four-degree assault.
Paul shared his thoughts on the incident in a recent interview.
Kelley and I want to thank everyone once again for your thoughts and prayers for my recovery. While I’m still in a good deal of pain, I will be returning to work in the Senate today, ready to fight for liberty and help move forward with tax cuts in the coming days and weeks.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 13, 2017
The Examiner’s Paul Bedard acknowledged that Paul experienced breathing difficulties during the entire interview.
Paul initially stated there was no clear brawl that could have triggered the attack, although many suspect it could be a matter of landscaping.
“From my perspective, I’m not really too concerned about what someone’s motive is,” he said. “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 explained.
Paul couldn’t think of a reason good enough for someone to engage in such vicious and aggressive behavior.
“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.”
Many of their neighbors dismissed suspicion of a fight between the two prior to the attack, but one of the neighbors stated Boucher could have been troubled with the trees in Paul’s yard he found hid his view.
For now, Paul is looking to a long way of recovery.
“I would assume it gets better,” he said, noting that although he is still experiencing troubles breathing, he is feeling much better.
As far as his future plans on Boucher are concerned, Paul stated there is “going to be a criminal prosecution” against Boucher.