Sen. Rand Paul returns to Congress following confrontation with physician neighbor

Sen. Rand Paul, MD, R-Ky., returned to Congress Monday following an altercation with his physician neighbor Nov. 3 in which Dr. Paul suffered six broken ribs and a pleural effusion, Bloomberg reports.

Dr. Paul tweeted about his impending return Monday, writing, "While I'm still in a good deal of pain, I will be returning to work in the Senate today, ready to fight for liberty and help move forward with tax cuts in the coming days and weeks."

Rene Boucher, DO, allegedly assaulted Dr. Paul Nov. 3 and was charged with a fourth-degree misdemeanor. While various media reports speculated the incident was the result of landscaping issues, it is unclear what prompted the altercation. A lawyer on behalf of Dr. Boucher said last week the "trivial" incident was not politically motivated.

Dr. Boucher pleaded not guilty to the fourth-degree assault charge Nov. 9.

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