Sen. Rand Paul returns to Washington

Jim Cole  AP

In his first interview since he was allegedly physically attacked by his neighbor, Sen.

US Senator Rand Paul has announced that he was returning to work in Washington following several days of resting after he suffered from broken ribs in an altercation with a neighbour earlier in the month.

Paul previously said on Twitter he suffered the broken ribs from the November 3 incident and that X-rays showed a pleural effusion, which is a buildup of fluid in the tissues that line the lungs and the chest.

Police charged Paul's neighbor Rene Boucher with misdemeanor assault.

"This was not a fight, it was a blind side, violent attack by a disturbed person", Stafford said in a statement last week.

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The charge is considered a misdemeanor, but it could come in addition to more serious charges if Kentucky police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which are investigating the incident, find that the attack had a political motive and decide to present formal charges against Boucher. "There is no motive that would justify hitting somebody from behind and breaking their ribs and damaging their lungs, so no, there is no justification for something like that". "We've never had words over anything, we've never had a dispute or discussion or word".

Some residents of the gated neighborhood where Paul and Boucher live have speculated the attack was prompted by a long-simmering lawn care dispute between the two men.

Paul said there will be a criminal prosecution in this case, and added that he is recovering as expected. "I'm about 10 to 11 days out. I just am still having trouble completing sentences because I have to get enough air to expel so there is a little difficulty going still with breathing".

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he's in "a good deal of pain" Monday, but is ready to return to work on a tax reform bill.