Update: Thursday, 4:30 p.m. — Attorney Gen. Eric Holder was released from the hospital this afternoon. The Justice Department issued a statement:
“The Attorney General has been discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He was taken there earlier today as a precaution, after experiencing lightheadedness and shortness of breath during a senior staff meeting at the Justice Department in Washington.
“The Attorney General arrived at the hospital at approximately 10:30 am, and was treated for an elevated heart rate. He 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 discharged.
“He departed the hospital at 1:15 pm. He walked out without any assistance, and has returned home, where he is resting comfortably.
By Allan Lengel
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has a stressful job, and perhaps the stress peeked its head on Thursday.
The Justice Department reported that as a precaution after feeling faint and being short of breath Thursday during a morning staff meeting, Holder was taken MedStar Washington Hospital Center by ambulance. He appears to be doing fine.
The Justice Department issued a statement saying:
“During his regular morning meeting with senior staff, the Attorney General began experiencing symptoms including faintness and shortness of breath. As a precaution, the Attorney General was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center to undergo further evaluation. He is currently resting comfortably and in good condition. He is alert and conversing with his doctors. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”
He will remain in the hospital for testing, the station reported.