Rand Paul to Limit August Senate Activities After Partial Lung Removal Surgery Stemming from 2017 Assault

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced that he would “limit” his work in August after having surgery to remove a part of his lung damaged in the 2017 assault on him by his neighbor.

In a tweet published on Monday morning, Paul revealed that he had lung surgery over the weekend to remove a part that was damaged when he was assaulted by his neighbor — Rene Boucher — two years ago.

“Unfortunately, I will have to limit my August activities. Part of my lung damaged by the 2017 assault had to be removed by surgery this weekend. The doctors, nurses, [and] staff at Vanderbilt University Medical Center were great. I should be able to return to the Senate in September.”

As IJR previously reported, Boucher broke six of the Kentucky senator’s ribs — with three displaced fractures — and caused a buildup of fluid between the lungs and chest, called a pleural effusion, after he had tackled Paul during a clash between the two men.

Paul also suffered from pneumonia due to his wounds.

An attorney for Boucher told Fox News that the dispute was over “trivial” matters and had “absolutely nothing to do” with anything political.

Boucher — a retired anesthesiologist — said that the assault stemmed from his agitation with a lawnmower Paul was using that blew leaves into his yard.

A spokesman for Paul pushed back against this in a statement to Fox News, claiming that “there was no ‘longstanding dispute'” and calling Boucher’s “description” of the event “untrue.”

“It is impossible to have a dispute when no words of disagreement were ever spoken — neither immediately nor at any other time before the attack occurred,” Paul’s spokesman added.

Boucher pleaded guilty to the federal charge of assaulting a member of Congress in March 2018 and served a 30-day prison sentence that June. He was subjected to a supervised release of one year, 100 hours of community service, a $10,000 fine, and was not allowed to be in contact with the family of the Republican senator.

A Kentucky jury also awarded Paul over $580,000 in damages in January — $200,000 for pain and suffering, $375,000 in punitive damages, and $7,834 to cover medical expenses.

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As much as I disagree with Mr. Paul’s ideals, I do wish him a speedy recovery. At the same time, I do hope that somebody in the hospital environment will be able to rehabilitate his hair.

john crawford
john crawford

good old Leftist violence no one on the left wants to admit to

Anna Ostby

This lunatic got a slap on the wrist he could have killed senator Paul , 7-10 years at least , does someone have to die before it’s taken seriously.


Mr Paul, thank you for volunteering to limit your senate activities this August. Please encourage ALL of your fellow congress critters from refraining from their congress critter activities this August and any future months that they may see fit to limit!

You sir, are a pioneer in the concept of a part-time congress!!!* I figure the less time congress is in session the better.

* I won’t tell anyone that congress is on break for the month of August if you don’t. Mum’s the word.

** Best wishes on your recovery! Nobody should have experienced a beating like you took. Nobody!!


May Mr Rand enjoy a full recovery.





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