Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Sen. Rand Paul returns to Washington

Sen. Rand Paul returns to Washington

Sen. Rand Paul has returned to the Senate, 10 days after his neighbor attacked him from behind and broke six of his ribs.

Paul sustained six broken ribs and pleural effusion - fluid around the lungs - November 3 when police say neighbor Rene Boucher attacked him outside his home.

"From my perspective, I'm not really too concerned about what someone's motive is", Paul told the Washington Examiner.

Paul was attacked November 3 while mowing his lawn, authorities said. Rand Paul opened up about the assault.

The Kentucky lawmaker hired a personal-injury attorney more than a week after a freaky fight with his neighbor that left him with six broken ribs and a lung condition-a scuffle that still doesn't have a clear motive. While Paul has not gone on the record to dispute this, he did send a pretty sneaky message when he tweeted links to two articles saying that it wasn't a fight over landscaping. Statements to the contrary are irresponsible and unnecessary.

"Really if you told me he was doing it for some noble cause to feed starving children somewhere, there is no motive", the senator said.

"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 added.

"As to reports of a longstanding dispute with the attacker, the Pauls have had no conversations with him in many years", said Doug Stafford, an adviser in Paul's office, adding the first time they'd talked recently was when Paul's ribs were broken. "We've never had words over anything, we've never had a dispute or discussion or words".

So where does it go from here?

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he's in "a good deal of pain" Monday, but is ready to return to work on a tax reform bill.

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