Director of Public Affairs Brian Fallon released the following statement this afternoon:
“The Attorney General has been discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He was taken there earlier today as a precaution, after experiencing lightheadedness and shortness of breath during a senior staff meeting at the Justice Department in Washington.
“The Attorney General arrived at the hospital at approximately 10:30 am, and was treated for an elevated heart rate. 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.
“He departed the hospital at 1:15 pm. He walked out without any assistance, and has returned home, where he is resting comfortably.
“Several years ago, the Attorney General experienced similar symptoms, but in milder form that did not require serious medical attention.
“Throughout today, the Attorney General has remained alert and in good spirits. 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.”