"The unfortunate occurrence of November 3rd has absolutely nothing to do with either's politics or political agendas".
Rene Boucher was arrested and charged with assaulting and injuring U.S. Sen.
FRANKFORT, Ky. Sen. Rand Paul's absence from the Senate while recovering from an assault in Kentucky creates another challenge for a slim Republican majority that's caused heartburn for its lack of unity at times, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday.
Controversial Republican Senator Rand Paul was attacked by his neighbor, incurring significant injuries including five broken ribs and bruised lungs.
Rene Boucher, 59, of Bowling Green, was arrested Friday and charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault.
The Blaze, Glenn Beck's online news site, told readers on Sunday that FBI investigators believed "the attack, which occurred Friday afternoon, was politically motivated". He added, "This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force". That echoed word from Paul's office, which initially said the Republican senator was fine after being blindsided by an attacker.
Boucher's attorney, Matthew J. Baker, said Monday that the two men have been neighbors for 17 years and are both "prominent members" of the Bowling Green medical community and had worked together in the past.More news: Did Sessions mislead Congress about his interactions with Russian Federation ?
"It was a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial", it read, one which apparently had "nothing to do with" politics.
Paul had injuries to his face, "including small cuts to the nose and mouth area", and he was having trouble breathing "due to a potential rib injury".
Doug Stafford, a senior adviser to Paul, told Fox News that it is unclear when Paul will return to work because he is in "considerable pain" and has difficulty getting around, including flying.
Boucher was released from jail Saturday on a $7,500 bond.
Boucher allegedly ran onto Paul's property and tackled him from behind.
He once marketed the product on the QVC shopping channel. Both Capitol Police and the FBI are investigating the incident. Online records state that Boucher's party affiliation is Democrat.
"We are working with our state and local partners to determine if there was a violation of federal law", Habich said.