Brian Williams resigns from Congressional Medal of Honor board

Move comes week after NBC News announced six-month suspension of "Nightly News" anchor

Published February 20, 2015 7:43PM (EST)

Brian Williams                       (AP/Evan Agostini)
Brian Williams (AP/Evan Agostini)

Embattled NBC News anchor Brian Williams has resigned from the board of directors of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, the organization announced Thursday.

Williams' move, reported by CNN's Tom Kludt, comes the week after NBC announced that it had suspended Williams for six months without pay following the revelation that he fabricated his account of being on board an Army helicopter that came under fire during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Since the military newspaper Stars and Stripes first reported the inaccuracy of Williams' story, he has also come under scrutiny for claims he's made about his experiences covering Hurricane Katrina and the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war.

The broadcaster had served on the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation's board since September 2006. The nonprofit's website states that it aims to "[e]ducate and raise awareness in the American public about the Medal of Honor and what it represents by promoting the values of courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism through outreach, education, and example."

While Williams' daughter Allison said this week that she "can't wait until he's back on TV," his future remains uncertain. NBC's probe into Williams' exaggerations continues, and New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman reported last week that the network's inquiry has expanded to include Williams' expense accounts.

By Luke Brinker

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