(Reuters) – U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky stated he returned to work on Monday, greater than per week after he suffered six damaged ribs when tackled by a neighbor whereas mowing his garden.
“Whereas I‘m nonetheless in a great deal of ache, I will probably be returning to work within the Senate as we speak, able to battle for liberty and assist transfer ahead with tax cuts within the coming days and weeks,” the Republican senator Paul stated on a Twitter submit.
The person accused of tackling Paul and breaking his ribs, Rene Boucher, 59, pleaded not responsible on Thursday to a misdemeanor assault cost, a court docket official stated.
Boucher is charged with fourth-degree assault inflicting minor damage, for which he faces as much as a 12 months of imprisonment if convicted. A pretrial listening to was set for Nov. 30.
Boucher’s $7,500 bond requiring him to maintain a distance of no less than 1,000 toes (305 m) between himself and Paul remained in impact.
Paul, 54, instructed police that Boucher got here on his property in a gated neighborhood close to Bowling Inexperienced and tackled him from behind, the Bowling Inexperienced Day by day Information reported, citing an arrest warrant.
Paul beforehand stated on Twitter he suffered the damaged ribs from the Nov. three incident and that X-rays confirmed a pleural effusion, which is a buildup of fluid within the tissues that line the lungs and the chest.
Media studies have stated Boucher, additionally a doctor like Paul, had a long-running dispute with the senator.
The Kentucky State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating the incident, in response to Warren County Legal professional Amy Milliken.
Citing unnamed sources, Fox Information reported on Thursday that Paul had been instructed federal costs have been anticipated within the case.
There aren’t any updates on the federal costs, David Habich, an FBI spokesman in Louisville, stated in an e-mail on Monday. The senator’s workplace declined to touch upon the potential federal costs on Monday.
Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales; Enhancing by James Dalgleish