Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was awarded more than $580,000 in damages and medical expenses in his lawsuit against the neighbor who tackled him and broke several of his ribs in a dispute over lawn maintenance, the AP reports.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), “one of the fiercest political critics of socialized medicine, will travel to Canada later this month to get hernia surgery,” the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.
“Paul, an ophthalmologist, said the operation is related to an injury in 2017 when his neighbor, Rene Boucher, attacked him while Paul was mowing his lawn. The incident left Kentucky’s junior senator with six broken ribs and a bruised lung.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) “has defended President Trump on some of his most controversial moves, going against the prevailing sentiment of the libertarian movement with which he and his father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), have long been identified,” The Hill reports.
“Some of the most libertarian-leaning members of Congress, such as Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Ben Sasse (R-NE), and Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), have served as forceful critics of Trump within the GOP. But Rand Paul, who prefers the mantle of constitutional conservative to libertarian, has repeatedly offered Trump a stirring defense.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-NY) said that he was “honored” to deliver a letter from President Trump to the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin during his trip to Moscow this week, NBC News reports.
“Many folks think that Rand Paul can’t be beat, they’re worried he might be too well-liked. I don’t buy that. Just ask his neighbor. He can be beaten.”
— Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes (D), quoted by WHAS-TV.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said that he will support Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court, The Hill reports.
Said Paul: “After meeting Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, I have decided to support his nomination.”
“Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s road to confirmation may have a little-noticed obstacle: Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) firm views on privacy,” Bloomberg reports.
“While abortion has gotten most of the attention in the partisan fight over the nomination, the Kentucky Republican strongly disagrees with Kavanaugh on the meaning of the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, and he’s shown little reluctance to defy Senate GOP leaders or the White House to make a point on civil liberties and other privacy issues.”
“In a Senate controlled by the GOP 50-49 with Republican Senator John McCain absent while fighting brain cancer, Paul’s vote can’t be taken for granted.”
A man is accused of threatening to “chop up” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and his family with an ax, the Lousiville Courier-Journal reports.
Said Paul: “Capitol Police have issued an arrest warrant for a man who threatened to kill me and chop up my family with an axe. It’s just horrendous that we have to deal with things like this.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has filed a lawsuit against the neighbor who admitted to assaulting him in front of his house, the Bowling Green Daily News reports.
“In the civil complaint, filed Friday in Warren Circuit Court, the Republican senator seeks an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages from Rene Boucher for ‘physical pain and mental suffering’ resulting from Boucher’s tackle of Paul as the senator was mowing his yard Nov. 3 in the Rivergreen subdivision in Bowling Green.”
“In September 2017 the junior GOP senator from Kentucky stacked a 10-foot-wide mound of branches near the line separating his property… Boucher found the pile of tree limbs and other flotsam ‘unsightly’… In October, Boucher had the branches loaded into portable dumpsters and carried off. But then, other piles appeared — two of them.”
“Boucher poured gasoline on the woodpiles and incinerated them, giving himself second-degree burns in the process.”
“The next day, the senator blew leaves into Boucher’s yard with his lawnmower. He made another branch pile in the same spot as the previous ones. Boucher had had enough.”
In trying to secure his vote to confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State, President Trump told Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) that he was prepared to end the war in Afghanistan, the Washington Post reports.
Said Paul: “The president told me over and over again in general we’re getting the hell out of there. I think the president’s instincts and inclination are to resolve the Afghan conflict.”
“The two men discussed no exit dates and did not strike a written agreement… It is unclear just how much Trump’s private conversations signal a public shift in policy or, rather, if they are just maneuvering by a famously transactional leader who often says what he needs to say to make a deal and then reverses himself.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said that CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s earlier support for the Iraq war and defense of enhanced interrogation techniques — or ‘torture’ in the view of Paul and many other senators — is disqualifying for his nomination to be Secretary of State, Politico reports.
“And the Kentucky senator indicated he may be willing to filibuster both Pompeo’s nomination and CIA director nominee Gina Haspel, who he says is ‘gleeful’ in her defense of torture techniques.”
Sen. Rand Paul’s neighbor turned attacker, Rene Boucher, could see up to 21 months in prison for attacking the politician because he was stacking leaves on a pile near his property and he “had enough,” the Louisville Courier Journal reports.
In the plea agreement signed by Boucher, it states that the attack was not politically motivated but rather that it was a “property dispute that had finally boiled over.”
“I do want to see an immigration compromise, and you can’t have an immigration compromise if everybody’s out there calling the president a racist.”
— Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), in an interview on Meet the Press.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) wrote for Fox News that he will vote for the GOP tax bill:
I spoke out all year against the GOP leaders’ initial plan to make their tax reform “revenue neutral” — meaning not really a cut. I’m pleased to see my point of view has prevailed, and the current tax plan calls for a $1.5 trillion cut over the next ten years. I would have liked to see more — in fact, I offered an amendment to move it up to $2.5 trillion — but I’ve stated many times that as long as it is a real cut, I’ll vote for it, even if it isn’t as large as I would prefer.
In his first interview since being sucker-attacked 10 days ago while doing yard work in Kentucky, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told the Washington Examiner that there was “no justification” for what happened.
Said Paul: “From my perspective, I’m not really too concerned about what someone’s motive is. 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.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) seemed to call into question media reports that the man who assaulted him had been motivated by a feud over landscaping, Politico reports.
The Louisville Courier Journal reported that the two men had feuded regularly over landscaping issues.
“But Paul appeared to dispute that notion with a pair of posts to Twitter on Wednesday, linking to a Breitbart News story headlined “Rand Paul’s neighbors say reports blaming savage assault on ‘landscaping dispute’ are fake news” and one from the Washington Examiner headlined ‘Rand Paul’s neighbors rip media ‘landscaping dispute’ reports.'”
The violent altercation last week that left Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) nursing bruised lungs and broken ribs began with “a very regrettable dispute” between neighbors over a “trivial” matter, the New York Times reports.
The incident “has absolutely nothing to do with either’s politics or political agendas,” the lawyer for the neighbor, Matthew Baker, said in a statement. “It was a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial.”
Two neighbors told the New York Times that the attack may have stemmed from a dispute over “some sort of planting or flora issue around the properties.”