Friday, 17 November, 2017

Rand Paul: 'No Justification' For Neighbor's Attack

Jim Cole  AP Jim Cole AP
Kenny Thornton | 14 November, 2017, 23:22

"From my perspective, I'm not really too concerned about what someone's motive is".

As a friend and neighbor of the Paul family, I have been disturbed by the inaccuracies in numerous media accounts of the assault that occurred on Friday, November 3rd.

Rumors have continued to make the rounds in Paul's well-to-do gated community about why his longtime neighbor Rene Boucher would tackle him but very little has been released about the attack. Porter said Paul was wearing ear protection, so he did not hear the attack coming.

Boucher has pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree assault, but federal charges may be coming if it is determined that Paul was attacked for his political views. An attorney for Boucher issued a statement saying an altercation between the two men was brought on by a "trivial" dispute and was unrelated to politics. "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".

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But the pilot could not land the flight immediately, as the rear wheel was damaged in the run-in and failed to retract. The incident occurred at around 10 p.m. on Sunday when the wild boar ran into the flight path, hitting a rear wheel.

"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 word".

Paul's office has dismissed the accusations about property rights and yard waste as the cause behind the incident and said the senator was blindsided and attacked.

Paul said there will be a criminal prosecution in this case, and added that he is recovering as expected. Physically I'm in less pain.

Paul is expected to vote on administration confirmation hearings and the Republican tax reform bill this week.

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