Attorney General Eric Holder rushed to D.C. hospital

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. has been released from a District of Columbia hospital where he was admitted Thursday morning after experiencing breathing problems and an elevated heart rate.

During his regular morning meeting with senior staff, Holder began experiencing symptoms including faintness and shortness of breath, to Department of Justice officials.

As a precaution, the Attorney General was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center to undergo further evaluation.

“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,” said Justice spokesman Brian Fallon.

He was released from the hospital at 1:15 pm. He walked out without any assistance, and has returned home to rest, officials said.

Several years ago, Holder experienced similar symptoms, but in milder form that did not require serious medical attention, Fallon said.

“Throughout today, the Attorney General has remained alert and in good spirits,” Fallon said. “He appreciates the well wishes from so many friends and colleagues, and is grateful for the excellent care he received from the professionals at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.”

Holder,  the 82nd Attorney General of the United States since 2009, previously served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1993 to 1997.

The 63-year-old Holder told Congress last summer that “fatigue” may eventually force him to step down.



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