Paul on alleged attacker: I haven't talked to him in 10 years

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCNN catches heat for asking candidates about Ellen, Bush friendship at debate Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump isolated amid Syria furor | Pompeo, Pence to visit Turkey in push for ceasefire | Turkish troops advance in Syria | Graham throws support behind Trump's sanctions Rand Paul rips Lindsey Graham: 'Wrong about almost every foreign policy decision' MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said he's still unsure of the motive behind his neighbor's alleged assault on the senator outside his home earlier this month, adding the two had not spoken in roughly 10 years.

“After my ribs were broken, then he said things to me to try to indicate why he was unhappy but I think the, I guess to me the bottom line is it isn’t so important — if someone mugs you is it really justified for any reason?" Paul told Fox News in his first televised interview since the incident.

Paul said he was mowing his lawn with earmuffs on to block the noise when the attacker tackled him from behind.

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"And so I think the more people belabored, 'Oh well was it about yard clippings, was it because he hates Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE, does he hate you because you oppose Obamacare?' You don't really know what's in someone's mind and so it may have some relevance, but for the most part the real question should be 'are you allowed to attack someone from behind in their yard when they’re out mowing their grass?' " Paul continued.

Paul returned to the Senate two weeks ago after suffering six broken ribs in the assault. 

Rene Boucher, Paul’s neighbor for 17 years, pleaded not guilty earlier this month to a fourth-degree assault charge. He faces up to a year in jail if convicted and is due back in court Nov. 30 for a pretrial hearing.

Boucher’s lawyer has described the feud as being over a “trivial matter” not related to politics.

Some reports have suggested the incident stemmed from an argument over landscaping, but Paul, his wife and his staff have pushed back, calling it a “blindside, violent attack.”