Eric Holder hospitalized for faintness, shortness of breath0
Attorney General Eric Holder was taken to the hospital Thursday morning after experiencing faintness and shortness of breath during a staff meeting Thursday morning, Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said. He was released at 1:15 p.m. and went home to rest, the Justice Department said.
“As a precaution, the Attorney General was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center to undergo further evaluation,” Fallon said in an emailed statement.
A Justice Department official told CBS News that Holder became ill during his daily 9:30 a.m. meeting with staff. He excused himself and walked out of the room. His security detail then made the decision that he should go to the hospital.
He was transported by ambulance to the hospital, the official said, adding that en route Holder joked with paramedics and never lost consciousness.
The Justice Department press office tells CBS News that Holder is in excellent health, noting that he walks five flights of stairs to his office every day and was expected to play basketball this weekend.