UPDATE – Attorney General Eric Holder underwent further evaluation at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and has now been released. Additional information about the federal official’s condition is expected to be forthcoming from the Department of Justice.
Eric Holder, 63, told staffers at the meeting that he was not feeling well around 9:30 am. The Attorney General reportedly excused himself to his office and then decided that he needed to go to the emergency room. According to NBC, Holder’s illness was neither sudden nor traumatic. Holder was reportedly joking with paramedics on the way to the hospital and talked about walking five flights of stairs to his office each morning.
There is no known similar health issues in the Attorney General’s past. Eric Holder had been scheduled to attend a My Brother’s Keeper event with President Barack Obama later today.
Holder was transported to the Washington Hospital Center after experiencing faintness and experiencing shortness of breath during a meeting with senior staff.
Justice Department representative Brain Fallon had this to say about Eric Holder being hospitalized:
“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.”