The 59-year-old neighbor accused of tackling Sen. Rand Paul while he was mowing his lawn last Friday in Kentucky pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault on Thursday, the Washington Post reports. Rene Boucher, a retired anesthesiologist and Democrat who has lived next to Paul in a gated community for years, faces up to a year in jail on the misdemeanor charge but could face a much harsher penalty if an ongoing investigation results in felony charges. Meanwhile, the reason for the alleged attack by a neighbor is a mystery that's only getting deeper. On Thursday, Boucher's lawyer said the incident "was unequivocally not about politics"—a motivation that would make more serious federal charges more likely—and that musings of a property dispute are more "on target." More:
- While not coming out and saying it, Paul seems to dispute the landscaping disagreement explanation, Politico reports. On Wednesday, the senator tweeted links to Breitbart News and Washington Examiner stories that quoted neighbors skeptical of that motive and hinted at political reasons for the alleged attack.
- Paul also updated his medical condition on Wednesday, stating that he has six broken ribs—not five—and a buildup of fluid near his lungs, according to the Hill.