In the days since news broke about a neighbor physically attacking Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul, we’ve heard conflicting information about the intensity and motivations behind the attack. Was it a minor scuffle? Was it politically motivated, or some petty personal dispute that went too far?
Well, we’re now getting word of one pretty clear indicator that the attack was both serious and political: the feds are likely getting involved.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Paul’s neighbor, Rene Boucher, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to misdemeanor assault in the fourth degree. Authorities say he tackled Paul from behind while the senator was mowing his lawn Saturday at his Bowling Green home and broke six of his ribs.
The motive for the alleged assault remains unclear. Originally Paul’s attorney said it was something most people would consider “trivial.” Outlets like CNN quoted neighbors saying the two men were often at odds over lawn maintenance.
But Fox News now reports that the senator was also informed by federal authorities to expect federal charges to be filed against Boucher.
Generally, assault of a senator is only a federal crime when committed in the commission of their duties. That makes it highly likely that investigators believe the crime was politically motivated in some fashion, Fox’s legal analysts noted.
Here’s video of the Fox News segment in question, in which anchor Shepard Smith relays the analysis of Fox legal analyst Andrew Napolitano and gets feedback from attorney Michael Farkas, who concurs that the feds wouldn’t be getting involved if there was no political component here:
TFPP has previously covered the evidence that Boucher is likely a disgruntled leftist:
According to the Daily Caller, records with Kentucky State Board of Election show the alleged assailant, Rene Boucher, is a registered Democrat. Fox News also noted that “a person with his name also works as an anesthesiologist in Bowling Green.”
The Daily Caller also revealed that a Facebook account that appears to Boucher’s contains multiple anti-President Donald Trump postings.
On May 17, Boucher posted, “May Robert Mueller fry Trump’s gonads,” a reference to the former FBI director’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government […]
He shared one Occupy Democrats post that cited left-wing academic Noam Chomsky’s criticizing the Republican party as “the most dangerous organization in world history.”
On Wednesday, several of Paul’s neighbors also pushed back against the notion peddled by some in the media that Paul might have indirectly provoked Boucher by being an unpleasant neighbor or poor lawn keeper. From the Washington Examiner:
“The Pauls’ landscaping looks just like everyone’s place in Rivergreen. Wish I could get him to cut my lawn,” said neighbor Robert Warner. “As a friend, neighbor and senator, Rand has been first class in every way. What I find amazing is the fact that he cuts his own grass. Our neighborhood is fortunate that the Paul’s live here,” he added […]
Neighbor Alicia Stivers express shock at the violence of the attack. “I have never heard Sen. Paul speak an unkind word about anyone, let alone become physically violent. Which makes it all the more shocking that a next-door neighbor of many years who has not so much as exchanged an email or spoken word with Rand in several years, would race downhill and pummel Rand from behind.”
Of course, until we get an official word from investigators, theories from observers like us are speculation. But Occam’s Razor would seem to suggest that if nobody in Paul’s neighborhood can think of another reason or back up the explanation from Boucher’s attorney, then the only possible motive we have any signs for is most likely the correct one.
What do you think the truth behind all of this will turn out to be? Let us know below!