Fox News' Sheperd Smith has reported that prosecutors are expected to hit Sen. Rand Paul's attacker with federal charges if his attack was proven to be politically motivated. Sen. Rand Paul's injuries were first described as "minor bruises", but was later revealed to be 6 broken ribs.
From The Daily Caller:
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has been told to expect federal charges against his socialist neighbor who attacked the Republican senator last week, Fox News’ Shepard Smith reported on Thursday.
That prosecutors are expected to bring federal charges in the attack indicates that they may believe it was politically motivated, Smith reported. Previous media reports that the attack was over a long-standing dispute are inaccurate, Paul’s office has said.
Paul’s attacker, 59-year-old anesthesiologist Rene Boucher, has claimed that the assault on Paul was over a “trivial matter” and had “nothing to do” with politics