UPDATED 12:30 PM PT — Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The senior adviser to Vice President Mike Pence is saying what she heard on the July 25th Ukraine phone call was “unusual” because of the political nature of the conversation. During Tuesday’s impeachment hearing, Jennifer Williams read in her opening statement that she listened in on the infamous call between President Trump and Ukraine President Zelensky.
Williams said she has listened in on over a dozen of these types of calls over her career with three different presidents. She noted the recent Ukraine call was more political because of the mention of Joe Biden, who was a leading Democrat contender at the time.
“During my closed-door deposition, members of the committee asked about my personal views and whether I had any concerns about the July 25th call,” stated Williams. “As I testified then, I found the July 25th phone call unusual because — in contrast to other presidential calls I had observed — it involved discussion of what appeared to be a domestic political matter.”
Williams also said she issued a hard copy memo transcribing the July phone call in Pence’s daily briefing book, but doesn’t know if the vice president reviewed or updated her transcript.
Following the testimony, a spokesperson from Pence’s office released a statement clarifying that Williams does not work directly with the vice president.
“Jennifer Williams is on a current detail from the State Department that began April 1st,” stated Katie Waldman. “She doesn’t directly report to the Vice President.”
President Trump has since responded to Williams’ testimony, slamming the aide as a ‘Never Trumper.’
Tell Jennifer Williams, whoever that is, to read BOTH transcripts of the presidential calls, & see the just released ststement from Ukraine. Then she should meet with the other Never Trumpers, who I don’t know & mostly never even heard of, & work out a better presidential attack!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2019