Breaking: Sen. Rand Paul assaulted at his home in Kentucky

Breaking: Sen. Rand Paul assaulted at his home in Kentucky
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was assaulted at his home in Kentucky on Friday. The man responsible for the assault has been arrested. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was assaulted at his Kentucky home Friday afternoon.

What happened?

According to the Bowling Green Daily News, 59-year-old Rene Boucher is in Warren County Regional Jail on $5,000 bond for assaulting Paul at his home in Bowling Green on Friday around 3:20 p.m. Boucher has been charged with fourth-degree assault.

Paul received “minor” injuries, according to the Daily News. However, depending on the status of those injuries, Boucher could be charged with additional crimes. The circumstances surrounding the incident remain unknown.

It’s not clear whether or not the crime was politically motivated. Paul has served as Kentucky’s junior senator since 2011. He is staunchly conservative and libertarian.

What did Paul say?

Paul’s communication’s director, Kelsey Cooper, told the Daily News that Paul is “fine.”

“Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault. The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police,” she said.

How much jail time can Boucher expect?

If found guilty by a jury, and if he isn’t charged with additional crimes, Boucher can expect to spend 12 months behind bars.

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