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

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Anti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle Fauci on Tucker Carlson vaccine comments: 'Typical crazy conspiracy theory' 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 TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report 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.”