Friday, 24 November, 2017

United States senator Rand Paul assaulted at home in Kentucky

KSP: Sen. Rand Paul victim of assault Bowling Green man charged with assaulting Sen. Paul
Lillian Steele | 06 November, 2017, 01:09

He was being held Saturday afternoon at the Warren County Regional Jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond.

Fox News reported that Boucher allegedly attacked the senator and one-time presidential candidate as Paul, 54, was mowing his lawn.

A spokeswoman for Paul said the senator was "blindsided" by the assault but did not provide more details.

The warrant, which was obtained by CNN affiliate WBKO in Bowling Green, said Paul had injuries to his face, including small cuts to the nose and mouth area, and had trouble breathing due to a potential rib injury. "Senator Paul is fine", the statement read.

According to a statement by the Kentucky State Police, troopers were called to Paul's home about 3:30 p.m. local time Friday, where officers determined Boucher had intentionally assaulted Paul.

Boucher, of Bowling Green, is charged with fourth-degree assault with a minor injury, a misdemeanor. "Thank you for your thoughts and prayers", Paul said on Twitter on Sunday morning, referring to his wife.

It is not known if Senator Paul knew his attacker.

By late Saturday, the page had been overrun by other Facebook users criticizing Boucher for his alleged assault on Paul.

KSP 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.

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