NBC News is launching an internal investigation into the matter

By Amanda Michelle Steiner
Updated February 06, 2015 05:55 PM
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As Brian Williams continues to face backlash over false claims surrounding his time spent in Iraq in 2003, NBC has launched an internal investigation into the Nightly News anchor.

“As you would expect, we have a team dedicated to gathering the facts to help us make sense of all that has transpired,” Deborah Turness, president of NBC News said in an internal NBC memo obtained by PEOPLE.

“We’re working on what the next best steps are,” Turness continued, “and when we have something to communicate we will of course share it with you.”

In the memo, Turness revealed that she and Williams, 55, spoke to the Nightly News team on Thursday night and that they addressed more employees about the matter in an editorial meeting on Friday morning. “Brian apologized once again,” the memo reads, “and specifically expressed how sorry he is for the impact this has had on all of you and this proud organization.”

NBC News will be launching an internal investigation into Williams and his claims, The New York Times reports. Richard Esposito, the senior executive producer of investigations at NBC News, will reportedly lead the investigation.

Williams apologized on Wednesday for a statement he made on-air on Jan. 30, in which he claimed his NBC News team helicopter was shot down in 2003 by a rocket-propelled grenade.

The NBC News anchor made similar comments to David Letterman on The Late Show in 2013; Williams is scheduled to appear on Letterman once again on Thursday.

“This has been a difficult few days for all of us at NBC News,” Turness said.