(CNN) - U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey collapsed while giving a speech Thursday at the Federalist Society dinner at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington.
Mukasey, 67, was giving a spirited defense of the Bush administration's legal policies when his speech began to slur and he lost track of his thoughts about 30 minutes into his talk. Seconds later, he became rigid and then began to slump.
Mukasey was rushed to George Washington University Medical Center, said Peter Carr, a Justice Department spokesman.
"The attorney general is conscious, conversant and alert," said Carr. "His vital statistics are strong and he is in good spirits.