November 21st, 2008
09:26 AM ET
11 years ago

Attorney general collapses giving speech; he's alert in hospital


Watch Mukasey collapse while giving a speech Wednesday night.

(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.

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  1. jonny

    Sounds like God struck him down for his evil lies.

    November 21, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. beckley

    divine intervention?

    November 21, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. An Independent Hillary

    Hope you are feeling better, Mr. Mukasey. How awful it was to watch this on the news last night!

    November 21, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Biff

    People... this is a man we are talking about.

    Feel better soon.

    November 21, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Get well soon

    Some of you just don't get. This is not a rockect science. Is a human that fell ill.Regarless of his support to his Boss, we as American s must not forget to pray for our enemies. This platform is for ya'all to wish him well and nothing more.

    November 21, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Ken in Dallas

    So Mukasey's an old man and he had a stroke. It doesn't make his legal positions endorsing the behavior of the Bush administration defensible.

    I don't know whether or not defending Bush's crimes causes him stress, though I observe that this is what attorneys do every day. Likely he just had an unlucky day. The fact that he was lucid shortly after he woke up is a very positive sign.

    They haven't announced a diagnosis because a stroke is a disabling illness and he would have to be replaced, at least temporarily.

    November 21, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Liberian-Canadian in Toronto

    To all the satanic bloggers on this site: REMEMBER that the AG is a father, grand father, husband, uncle, brother, a fellow American etc. How would you feel if other Americans wish you the same? Get well soon AG Mukasey!

    November 21, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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