Attorney General Eric Holder Hospitalized

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.

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.

Contact Zoe Tillman at ztillman@alm.com. On Twitter: @zoetillman.

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    Amen!

  • alm

    It is time for him to either resign or be impeached.

  • alm

    It is time for him to either resign or be impeached.

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    It is time for him to either resign or be impeached.

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    One can‘t shamelessly go around comparing voter ID laws to Jim Crow and advocating for felons‘ rights and think that the gods are going to let all that slide. The AG was overdue for a smiting. Let this be a signal to him both to mend his ways and resign from office so as to better look after his health.

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