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Attorney General Eric Holder released from hospital

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appears in an undated file photo.

February 27, 2014 9:53:27 AM PST
Attorney General Eric Holder was hospitalized Thursday after experiencing faintness and shortness of breath.

The Department of Justice said in a statement that the incident occurred during Holder's regular morning meeting with senior staff. At one point, the 63-year-old Holder wasn't feeling well and excused himself, walking out on his own, according to a Justice Department official.

An ambulance was called as a precaution, and Holder was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center to be evaluated.

"He is currently resting comfortably and in good condition," the department said in a statement, which also noted that Holder was alert and conversing with doctors.

Holder was released from the hospital at 1:15 p.m. ET.