Kentucky doctor pleads not guilty to assault of Sen. Rand Paul
The Kentucky doctor who allegedly attacked Sen. Rand Paul, leaving him with six broken ribs, pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree assault charges Thursday.
ABC News reports Rene Boucher, 59, Paul's next-door neighbor for 17 years, tackled the senator to the ground last Friday, according to his arrest warrant.
Since Paul is a member of Congress, U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI assisted in the investigation of the incident, according to ABC News.
Paul tweeted about his injuries Wednesday,
I appreciate all of the support from everyone. A medical update: final report indicates six broken ribs & new X-ray shows a pleural effusion— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 8, 2017
Boucher's attorney claimed Thursday in an interview with ABC News that the incident did, in fact, start as a landscaping dispute and that Paul was not "blindsided" by his client.
He added that claims the encounter was politically motivated were incorrect and that he received a letter from the senator's attorney that Paul intends to sue.