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Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Friend: Rand Paul Attack Was Property-Related

Friend: Rand Paul Attack Was Property-Related

The investigation "has not concluded", she said.

"The unfortunate occurrence of November 3 has absolutely nothing to do with either's politics or political agendas", Baker told Fox News. Kentucky State Police said they arrived at Paul's home in Warren County on Friday afternoon in response to a report of an assault and arrested 59-year-old Rene Boucher.

"I hope that that doesn't happen", Boucher's lawyer Matt Baker said, admitting the possibility of a a federal charge "is a concern".

Doug Stafford, a senior adviser to Paul, told CNN Thursday that Boucher attacked the senator without any prior conversation. Rand Paul and breaking six of his ribs pleaded not guilty in Kentucky court on Thursday, amid intensifying speculation over what led to the assault. Alicia Stivers says she was the first person to see Paul after the attack.

Baker added the dispute had nothing to do with political disagreements between the neighbors of 17 years.

Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Twitter Thursday questioned why Boucher was allowed to be freed on bond when Paul's injuries were so grievous.

"He said that when he got up, Rene said something like 'I've been trying to sell my house for 10 years and your trees are in the way, '" Alicia Stivers told the station. A pre-trial hearing was set for November 30. Boucher has been ordered to stay away from Paul and the senator's family.

Paul's injuries were initially reported as five broken ribs, but Wednesday, the senator tweeted he had six broken ribs and a pleural effusion - where fluid collects inside the membranes of the lung and chest wall outside the lung.

Earlier this week, U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Paul would return next week.

All seven neighbors expressed shock at the "scary" attack on Paul as he was doing yard work last Saturday and they dismissed reports that it was the result of poor landscaping.

Rob Porter, a close friend of the lawmaker, said this week that Paul doesn't know why he was attacked.

Boucher came up from behind, and Paul didn't hear him because his ears were covered.

Local residents described the anesthesiologist as a socialist who often fought with neighbors about health care policies and other liberal issues.

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