A lawyer representing the neighbor accused of assaulting Senator Rand Paul says a trivial dispute led to the incident, adding politics had nothing to do it. Linda So reports.
Politics had nothing to do with it. That according to the lawyer for Rene Boucher, the man accused of assaulting U.S. Senator Rand Paul at his Kentucky home. Neighbors reportedly said the two men, who live next to each other, have had a long-running dispute over yard waste. Boucher's attorney says his client is remorseful and says the attack was not politically motivated. SOUNDBITE: MATT BAKER, BOUCHER'S ATTORNEY, SAYING: "That's absurd. Politics has nothing to do with this. Zero." Boucher, who could now face felony charges because of the senator's condition, is currently charged with misdemeanor assault. The 59-year-old retired anesthesiologist is accused of tackling Paul from behind as he was mowing his lawn. Paul's office says the two-term Republican senator suffered five broken ribs and lungs contusions in the attack. His injuries might delay his return to Washington, making it hard for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who is trying to garner enough votes to pass tax reform. SOUNDBITE: SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL, SAYING: "Anytime we have a senator on our side who's not there, it's potentially a challenge." Paul, an ophthalmologist, unsuccessfully ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.