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John Ashcroft Hospitalized in Washington

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft (Reuters file photo)


Washington, DC – U.S Attorney General John Ashcroft is in a Washington hospital this morning (Friday).

His spokesman says the former Missouri Governor and Senator has a bad case of gallstone pancreatitis.

The Justice Department says the 61-year-old Ashcroft was taken Thursday night to the emergency room at George Washington University Hospital after complaining of stomach pains.

The spokesman says Ashcroft initially thought he had stomach flu. He says the White House doctor visited Ashcroft's home and recommended the attorney general go to the emergency room.

Ashcroft is being treated with antibiotics. The spokesman says doctors expect to know more within 48 hours.


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