Attorney General Eric Holder was hospitalized Thursday morning after experiencing "faintness and shortness of breath," a Justice Department spokesman announced.

“During his regular morning meeting with senior staff, the Attorney General began experiencing symptoms including faintness and shortness of breath," spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement on Holder's condition. "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.”

There is speculation that Holder will step down in the coming months after he told the New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin that he will remain in office "well into" 2014.