Attorney General Eric Holder Hospitalized
Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. was taken to a hospital Thursday morning after experiencing "faintness and shortness of breath," according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Holder began experiencing the symptoms during a regular morning meeting with senior staff, according to the department. He was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center "as a precaution" and was "currently resting comfortably and in good condition."
The Justice Department did not say what may have caused the symptoms.
Holder only had one public event scheduled for today, a joint appearance with President Barack Obama this afternoon at the White House for the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, a program aimed at empowering boys and young men of color.
Update (4:19 p.m): Attorney General Eric Holder was released from the hospital at 1:15 p.m. DOJ spokesman Brian Fallon said Holder received medication "that quickly restored his heart rate to a normal level, and after successfully completing a full range of tests, doctors were satisfied" that the attorney general could be released.
Holder, several years ago, experienced similar symptoms, Fallon said, "but in a milder form that did not require serious medical attention."
Fallon said Holder has remained "alert and in good spirits" throughout the day.