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Rand Paul had 5 ribs broken in attack, contrary to initial reports

US Senator Rand Paul's ribs broken in assault at home

Boucher's attorney told CBS News in a statement that the "unfortunate occurrence of November 3rd has absolutely nothing to do with either's politics or political agendas".

"He hadn't really talked to his neighbour in years", Robert also said that he has never seen neighbours visiting the Paul's in all these years, Paul's no doubt is very less- interactive to people.

McConnell on Monday wished his fellow Kentuckian a speedy recovery from the attack Friday that left Paul with five broken ribs.

Rene Boucher, 59, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault with a minor injury. Stafford said Sunday that the broken ribs include three displaced fractures, which can lead to life-threatening injuries.

State police spokesman Jeremiah Hodges said the FBI was on scene to investigate whether the assault was politically motivated but was unable to elaborate on the status of that investigation.

Paul's staff is unsure of when the senator will return to Washington. "This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force".

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.

The local paper reported that the arrest warrant in the case notes that Paul told law enforcement that Boucher "came onto his property and tackled him from behind, forcing him to the ground and causing pain".

In a public notice on Saturday, Kentucky State Police cited Paul's "minor injury". "It is not clear exactly how soon he will return to work, as the pain is considerable as is the difficulty in getting around, including flying", said Doug Stafford, a senior adviser to Paul, in a statement.

But Paul, R-Ky., appears to be facing more than a "minor injury", according to updates from his office.

Boucher, 582 Rivergreen Lane, was released Saturday night from the Warren County Regional Jail on a $7,500 bond, according to online jail records.

The state police investigation remains open and active and the formal police report on the incident has not yet been filed with county officials, Hodges said. An automated phone system at the jail did not provide access to lawyer information for Boucher.

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