Rand Paul undergoes lung surgery stemming from assault

FILE - In this March 5, 2019 file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., pauses during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Paul is drawing on the star power of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a new ally backing President Donald Trump’s efforts to withdraw U.S. troops from the war in Syria. The new Democratic congresswoman is among a dozen lawmakers signing on to a bipartisan letter to Trump in support of his “deliberate withdrawal” from the country’s war. Paul told reporters Wednesday it’s a continuation of “the bipartisan movement in Congress to snatch back power” from the executive branch when it comes to war authority. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he underwent lung surgery in a procedure he says stems from injuries suffered when a neighbor tackled him outside his home in 2017.

The Republican lawmaker tweeted that part of his lung damaged in the assault was removed during the weekend surgery in Tennessee.

Paul expects to return to the Senate in September.

Both of Kentucky's senators are laid up with health issues during Congress' August break.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suffered a shoulder fracture Sunday in a fall. The Republican leader is recovering at home.

Paul was tackled by Rene Boucher in a dispute over lawn maintenance. Boucher pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress. Paul sued Boucher. A jury awarded him more than $580,000 in damages and medical expenses.