Rand Paul is Back in the Senate

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There was "no justification" for his being attacked 10 days ago while doing yard work at his home in Kentucky, Paul told the Washington Examiner in his first interview since the incident.

The Republican senator cast votes on Monday and was greeted by Senate colleagues.

Paul was attacked November 3 while mowing his lawn at his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He simply expressed his decision to a Senate clerk before chatting briefly with several senators. Paul says he ended up with six broken ribs after a freaky attack by his neighbor last week while he was mowing his lawn.

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Paul's return was welcomed by President Donald Trump, who tweeted from the Philippines, "Great to see @RandPaul looking well and back on the Senate floor". "I'm just concerned that I was attacked from the back and somebody broke six of my ribs and gave me a damaged lung where at least for now I have trouble speaking and breathing and now I've hurt for 10 days", Paul said.

Paul said he was going to be "ready to fight for liberty" and also work on the upcoming tax reform efforts.

Last week, Boucher, 59, admitted before a judge that he had entered Paul's property and had tackled him from behind although he pleaded "not guilty" to the charge of assault, which could carry a penalty of a year behind bars and a $500 fine.

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Boucher was immediately arrested, although he was released from jail the next day after paying $7,500 bail and on the condition that he not approach within 305 metres of the Senator and his family.

Boucher is accused of tackling Paul as he climbed off a ride-on mower while wearing ear protectors, meaning he did not hear the hit coming. Paul's senior adviser Doug Stafford has denied the two men had a dispute of any kind, saying Paul had not had a conversation with Boucher in years.

Police charged Rene Boucher with misdemeanor assault. "This was not a 'fight, ' it was a blindside, violent attack by a disturbed person", Stafford said in a statement.

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Boucher's attorney, Matt Baker, said it appears Paul has hired a personal injury lawyer, which could mean he is planning a lawsuit.

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