U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a press conference announcing Department of Justice plans to sue North Carolina over Voter ID regulations at the Department of Justice on September 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
(CBS News) Attorney General Eric Holder was taken to the hospital after experiencing faintness and shortness of breath during a staff meeting Thursday morning, Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said.
"As a precaution, the Attorney General was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center to undergo further evaluation," the statement said. "He is currently resting comfortably and in good condition. He is alert and conversing with his doctors."
Fallon said additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Holder, the 82nd U.S. Attorney General, has served in the position since President Obama took office in 2009 and has repeatedly said he has no plans to step down any time soon.
Last June, when asked what might compel him to leave his post, he told a Senate panel, "The tipping point might be fatigue - you get to a point where you just got tired."
Beyond that, he said, "There are certain goals that I set for myself and for this department when I started back in 2009. When I get to a point where I think that I've accomplished all the goals that I set, I will sit down with the president and we will talk about a transition to a new attorney general."
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