Today, Vice President Mike Pence aide, Jennifer Williams, appeared before the Democrat’s House Impeachment Committee, where she testified about the phone call she witnessed between President Trump and Ukraine President Zelensky.
President Trump has referred to Williams as a “never-Trumper.” She was asked about his tweet today, during the hearings, where the president called her out. Williams said she wasn’t sure she knew the definition of a “never-Trumper,” then immediately admitted under oath that she wasn’t a “never-Trumper,” even though she claimed to not know what one was.
Rep. Himes: "Ms. Williams, are you a Never-Trumper?"
Jennifer Williams: "I'm not sure I know an official definition of a Never-Trumper."
Rep. Himes: "Would you describe yourself that way?"
— The Hill (@thehill) November 20, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence’s National Security Adviser, Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg, who Williams reports to, released a statement today, revealing that he was on President Donald Trump’s July 25th phone call with Ukraine President Zelensky. In his statement, Lt. General Kellogg, refuted Williams’ claim, saying that he heard nothing wrong or improper on the call.
Kellogg’s statement reads:
Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg
National Security Advisor
Office of Vice President Mike Pence
Beginning January 20, 2017, I was privileged to serve as Chief of Staff at the National Security Council. Since April 23, 2018, I have served as National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States. In my role in the Office of the Vice President, Jennifer Williams, a detailee from the U.S. Department of State, has reported to me since April 1, 2019.
I was on the much-reported July 25 call between President Donald Trump and President Zelensky. As an exceedingly proud member of President Trump’s Administration and as a 34-year highly experienced combat veteran who retired with the rank of Lieutenant General in the Army, I heard nothing wrong or improper on the call. I had and have no concerns. Ms. Williams was also on the call, and as she testified, she never reported any personal or professional concerns to me, her direct supervisor, regarding the call. In fact, she never reported any personal or professional concerns to any other member of the Vice President’s staff, including our Chief of Staff and the Vice President.
Today, in her testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Ms. Williams also accurately testified regarding the Vice President’s preparation for and conduct during his September 1 meeting in Poland with President Zelensky. In her testimony, she affirmed that the Vice President focused on President Zelensky’s anti-corruption efforts and the lack of European support and never mentioned former Vice President Joe Biden, Crowdstrike, Burisma, or investigations in any communication with Ukrainians.
In my over 40-years in uniform and additional federal service, I am honored to serve this President and this Vice President as we advance the interests of the American people.
In December 2016, Politico reported that Kellogg, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, retired from service in 2003 and was later the chief operations officer of the U.S. Coalition Provisional Authority in postwar Iraq. Earlier in his career, he commanded the storied 82nd Airborne Division and also worked for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Kellogg has also worked in the defense industry, including for Oracle, the computer technology company. He was one of Trump’s earlier supporters in the race for the White House.
“I am honored to not only be a part of this historic administration but also to be serving with Gen. Flynn and KT McFarland, who are widely respected as some of the most experienced and strategic national security minds,” Kellogg said in a statement.