The head of the council, who resigned, said that the future of this body is “uncertain.”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has suspended the work of the new Council on Countering Disinformation and accepted the resignation of its head.

This decision was preceded by several weeks of criticism from Republicans and questions about the possible encroachment of the council on freedom of speech.

Nina Jankowicz the appointed head of the council, wrote in her resignation letter that the future of the council is “uncertain.”

Federal and state agencies consider disinformation a threat to national security. However, the council’s activities were hampered from the very beginning due to questions about its goals.

The Department of Homeland Security said the council “has never been targeted for censorship or control of speech.”