Jennifer Williams: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Jennifer Williams

Getty Jennifer Williams pictured during her November 19 testimony.

Jennifer Williams, U.S. State Department official who served as top aide to Vice President Mike Pence, will testify in front of the the House Intelligence Committee, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and House Oversight Committee, on November 19. Defying cautions from the White House, she is the first person from Trump’s camp to publicly testify against President during his impeachment hearings.

Williams, who started working in the Office of the VP in March 2019, as a special advisor on Europe and Russia, is a long-standing Foreign Service Officer, and she participated in the call on July 25 with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, where Trump asked Zelensky to investigate a political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter, which she found to be “unusual and inappropriate.”

Having already participated in a closed-door testimony, the 166-page transcript from her deposition was released by the House Intelligence Committee over the weekend, and in the documents Williams stated, “I found the specific references to be more specific to the president in nature to his personal political agenda,” Williams continued, “as opposed to a broader… foreign policy objective of the United States.” You can read her testimony in full by clicking here.

Here’s what you need to know about Jennifer Williams:


1. Williams Worked as a ‘Field Representatitve’ for George W. Bush’s 2004 Re-Election Campaign

Jennifer Williams

Originally from Houston, Texas, after graduating from Memorial High school, Williams earned a B.A. in Security Studies at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. in 2005. She continued her education studying at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

According to Williams’ LinkedIn page, she has worked for the Foreign Service since 2006, during the presidency of George W. Bush. Williams says on her page that she was a field representative for George W. Bush’s successful re-election campaign in 2004.

Williams resides in the Washington-D.C area. During President Barack Obama’s administration, Williams served in Beirut, Lebanon, and worked in the State Department in D.C. on the Syrian humanitarian crisis. Williams told the impeachment inquiry in previous closed-door testimony that she served for “nearly 1 year as a political appointee” to President George W. Bush’s Secretary for Homeland Security Michael Chertoff.


2. Williams Says That She Is in a Relationship on Her Facebook Page


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On Williams’ Facebook page, she has marked her relationship status as “In a Relationship,” and it appears the couple has been together since 2019. So, while there is someone special in her life, Williams is not yet married, nor does she have any children.

However, she is a proud aunt to her sister’s son. Her sister is a former teacher who lives in Texas.

Bill Williams

Bill Williams, her grandfather, lives on a ranch Marble Falls, Texas. He studied Chemistry at Eastern Illinois University and Oklahoma State, and spent his career working for Conoco Phillips.

Bill is Dad to Williams’ father, Brad Williams, and married to Donna Clark Williams, who’s originally from Winfield, Kansas.

Williams’ father, Brad Williams, earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics and masters in accounting from Oklahoma State University before working as a tax partner at Ernst & Young, one of largest professional service firms in the world. Over his 34 year tenure with the company, he served as EY’s Regional Director of Real Estate Services, Tax Manager of the Gulf Coast Area, and CFO of the America’s Tax Practice, before retiring in 2013.

He is married to Williams’ mother, and high school sweetheart, Denise Lane Willams. They split their time between their home in Houston and Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.


3. Williams Was Featured in a Documentary About What It Was Like to Work in the U.S. Embassy in London


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In 2018, while Williams was working a press officer for the U.S. Embassy in London. She was among the staffers featured in the documentary, “Inside the American Embassy.” A profile on Williams’ from Channel 4’s website, who made the documentary, notes that Williams had previously worked “on political campaigns.”

During her time working in London, Williams spoke to local schools about issues such as Brexit and Islamophobia. Williams said in an interview regarding the documentary that the film had been in the works prior to the 2016 presidential election and was not politically motivated.

Prior to Donald Trump’s visit to the UK in 2018, Williams was the subject of a feature in the Daily Telegraph newspaper which was titled, “The toughest job in global diplomacy? Meet Trump’s woman on the battleground in London.”


4. President Donald Trump Has Called Williams a ‘Never Trumper’

Jennifer Williams Alexander Vindman

GettyWilliams and National Security Council Ukraine expert Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman
are sworn in before the House Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on November 19, 2019.

On Sunday, November 17, two days before Williams would publicly testify, the President sent out a tweet directly calling out Pence’s aide by name. Trump tweeted, “Tell Jennifer Williams, whoever that is, to read BOTH transcripts of the presidential calls, & see the just-released statement 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!”

Because Williams listened in on the call herself, there’s no need for her to re-read the redacted transcripts Trump released. She told investigators that she took personal notes while listening to the phone call in the White House Situation Room.

Furthermore, Williams is not a “Never Trumper.” It’s hard to believe she would take on a special advisor role to Pence if she didn’t support the Trump presidency. However, 45 has given the “Never Trumper” characterization to other fellow witnesses testifying, including diplomat Bill Taylor, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.

Vice President Mike Pence

While Pence has Trump’s back and said that the transcript of the July call does not show a quid pro quo, Williams sees things a little differently. However, the two agree on one thing: Pence was not involved in the illegal dealings with Ukraine.

Williams testified that Pence never discussed opening any investigations with Zelensky, even when Pence and Zelensky met on September 1, in Warsaw, Poland, where the issue of aid allegedly came up. In her closed-door testimony, she said, “As I’ve spoken about earlier, that I did find a couple of the references in the President’s July 25th call unusual, and more of a political nature, and that is not something that the vice president has ever raised with the Ukrainians.”

As for the call between Pence and Zelensky on September 18, Williams said Pence told Zelensky, “President Trump would be eager about President Zelensky’s progress in his reform agenda.” And when asked to further define “reform agenda,” Williams said, “on anti-corruption reforms, on reforming the judiciary, and the legislative action that his administration was undertaking, but there was no discussion of any specific investigations.”


5. Williams Called Out One Huge Discrepancy With The Phone Call ‘Transcript’ Released By Trump

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GettyWilliams arriving for her initial testimony on November 7.

Williams is the first White House staffer to not defend Trump during these impeachment hearings, and she’s reminded the public that the “transcript” Trump released of the Ukraine phone call was not an actual transcript, but an edited summary of what exactly transpired during his conversation with Zelensky.

Williams told the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence during her deposition that Trump mentioned Burisma, the company whose board Hunter Biden belonged. She said, “The transcript released did not include the word Burisma. But on looking back at my notes, I do see that Burisma was mentioned by name in the call.”

During her testimony, Williams said, “My notes did reflect that the word Burisma had come up in the call, that the President had mentioned Burisma. I hadn’t noticed that when I first read the transcript,” she told the committee.

When asked, “So you wouldn’t have written that down if it hadn’t come up during the call. Is that right?” Williams responded, “Correct.”

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