White House homeland security advisor resigns
The White House announced Monday that Fran Townsend has resigned as assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. No reason was given for her departure.
Townsend served as President Bush’s advisor on homeland security matters for more than four years. She played a key role shaping many of the nation’s homeland security policies. Senior advisors are expected to continue to leave the fold as the Bush presidency winds down its last 14 months.
Townsend is a former assistant district attorney in New York City, and served in intelligence roles at the Justice Department, Coast Guard and National Security Council.