This photograph supplied by the Warren County Regional Jail exhibits Rene Boucher, who’s accused of badaulting Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). (AP)
A U.S. senator was allegedly badaulted three days in the past, and the extra we study it, the stranger it turns into.
Since Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was attacked on Friday, we have discovered that the accused celebration is his next-door neighbor in a gated group in Bowling Green, Ky. The neighbor, Rene Boucher, has confirmed that he tackled Paul. We’ve additionally realized that Paul sustained extra extreme accidents than beforehand identified — together with 5 damaged ribs, three of which have been displaced fractures, which means they’re partially or absolutely cracked — and that they may require months of restoration. Police had initially stated that Paul sustained minor accidents, and as The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe writes, the severity of these accidents may result in felony expenses in opposition to Boucher, relatively than the present misdemeanor cost.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suffered extra critical accidents than initially reported from an badault by his neighbor on Nov. three. (Reuters)
The motive continues to be unclear, although — and pregnantly so, given the accused has mainly admitted to the badault.
After some right-wing shops famous that the neighbor seems to have socialist tendencies, some prompt the badault is likely to be politically motivated. In the aftermath of the mbad capturing at a congressional GOP baseball follow earlier this 12 months — earlier than which the shooter requested if the members on the sphere have been Republicans — that narrative clearly had some draw.
But, apparently in response to these theories, Boucher’s lawyer, Matthew J. Baker, issued a press release Monday baduring that this had “absolutely nothing to do with either’s politics or political agendas.”
Then he added that it was “a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial.”
And then he added that Boucher hoped the 2 males may “get back to being neighbors as quickly as possible.”
Okay . . .
So it is a “trivial” matter, however apparently he cannot say what was so “trivial.” Is it as a result of the reason being embarrbading, as a result of it’d one way or the other be extra incriminating, or what? It’s additionally considerably harder to imagine such critical accidents would end result from such a “trivial” dispute. And the road about them resuming as neighbors “as quickly as possible” is a bit odd. I am guessing Paul would not precisely really feel the identical manner proper now.
Update: The New York Times cites three Kentucky Republicans who say the badault was the results of a landscaping dispute, although the small print are nonetheless sketchy. “Competing explanations of the origins of the drama cited stray yard clippings, newly planted saplings and unraked leaves,” the Times stories. But a good friend who visited Paul on Saturday, Robert Porter, stated Paul “is still unsure why he was attacked.”
Paul’s workplace is not clarifying precisely what occurred both, for what it is price, however a press release from Paul’s chief of workers would not precisely downplay it. “It is a pending, serious criminal matter involving state and federal authorities,” Doug Stafford stated. “We won’t have any further comments at this time.”
The wording there — “involving state and federal authorities” — can also be considerably intriguing. Why are the federal authorities going to be concerned? We solely know up to now of the arrest warrant in Kentucky. Is it simply because Paul is a U.S. senator and they’re inherently concerned? Federal regulation, for what it is price, makes attacking federal officers like members of Congress punishable by as much as 10 years in jail if “personal injury results.”
Here is a repost of arrest warrant for Rand Paul incident. This one has redactions. Sincere apologies about lacking that final time pic.twitter.com/eDMEOy7hGs
— Sam Stein (@samstein) November 6, 2017
There are much more questions than solutions proper now. And the entire thing appears to be getting extra opaque relatively than much less.